Attention all hikers! If you are an outdoor enthusiast looking to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s natural wonders, you’re in luck! There are a number of Queenstown hikes, as well as others close by, that make the area a hiker’s paradise. Each offers diverse landscapes to explore ranging from majestic mountains to serene lakes and pristine forests. In this blog post, we introduce you to some of the most popular hiking trails in and around Queenstown and the surrounding areas of Wanaka Lake, Arrowtown, and Albert Town.
Diamond Lake Walking Track
For a hike suitable for all skill levels, the Diamond Lake Walking Track is a fantastic option. This loop track takes you through native beech forest, alongside sparkling Lake Wanaka, and up to the summit of Rocky Mountain. The mesmerizing views of Diamond Lake, Lake Wanaka, and the Matukituki Valley make this hike truly unforgettable. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the track.
Queenstown Hill Time Walk
Leaving from the heart of town, the Queenstown Hill Time Walk offers an invigorating hike suitable for moderate hikers. This track winds through alpine tussocks and forests, culminating in the iconic Basket of Dreams sculpture and a summit with commanding views of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range, and the town below. Allocate around 2-3 hours to complete this rewarding hike.
Roy’s Peak Track
The Roy’s Peak Track is one of the most iconic hikes in the area. Located near Wanaka, this challenging yet rewarding trail takes around 5-6 hours to complete. But it is well worth it once you witness the unparalleled panoramic views of Lake Wanaka, the Southern Alps, and the surrounding valleys from an elevation of 1,578 meters. Make sure to start early to avoid crowds.
Lake Hayes Walkway
For a leisurely and picturesque hike suitable for all ages, head to Arrowtown’s Lake Hayes Walkway. This easy loop track follows the serene shores of Lake Hayes, encircled by rolling hills and stunning mountain backdrops. Take your time to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the surroundings and enjoy the abundant birdlife. The full loop takes 2-3 hours to complete.
Mount Iron Track
Situated near Wanaka, Mount Iron Track is a popular and accessible hike that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding region in just 1-1.5 hours. The moderate track leads you to the summit of Mount Iron and rewards you with panoramic vistas of Lake Wanaka, the Pisa Range, and the Southern Alps. It is a perfect option for a shorter hike or an early morning adventure.
Ben Lomond Track
The Ben Lomond Track is a strenuous full day’s hike which starts in Queenstown right near our Queenstown holiday park. The track gets challenging towards the end and requires an advanced level of fitness to reach the summit which stands at 1748m. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with exceptional 360° views over Queenstown that make it all worth it.
Embarking on any one of these hiking trails is an extraordinary way to connect with nature and witness the breathtaking beauty of this region in its purest form. Each trail offers a unique experience, from challenging hikes to leisurely walks suitable for all ages. So, lace up your boots, grab your camera, and get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes that make New Zealand a hiker’s paradise.
Thinking of embarking on a hiking adventure? Start planning your next Hampshire Holiday today!