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13 hours ago

Super easy and short walk we did on the way to our cruise through Milford Sound. Compared to what we saw on the boat these views are barely much, but still beautiful to see nonetheless.

4 days ago

It’s fun!

Awesome panoramic view of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding area. Well maintained and diverse plant life along the way. Steep and it was super windy for us at the top!

Best short walk in town.

13 days ago

I don’t think this should be considered a hard walk. Yes it’s really steep but come on... it’s a highway up to the top! No complicated steps, no changes of surface, nothing to climb. Just a really steep mountain to walk up to. You can easily reach the viewpoint after two, two and half hours and give an extra 30mn for the top (I did it in the snow weather simple tennis shoes). Going downhill is also pretty easy, you could easily walk fast or run if you wanted to. Definitely worth the view!!

14 days ago

Good warm up hike. Not many people, beautiful scenery.

There is more to this area than meets the average tourist's eye! Start the walk at Hampden north of the Moeraki at an outgoing tide and you will find a graveyard of disintegrated boulders along the way. You can even see two boulders appearing from the rocks above the beach! After the 'real' boulders continue on along b the Millennium Walkway to the village. Return to Hampden for the best Fish and Chips ever or treat yourself to an enormous one-stop icecream at the 4 Square there!

I would rate this 8/10 difficulty. It’s a pretty smooth path, no climbing or steps, but it is seriously steep! We are reasonably fit and got to the lookout in just over two hours. If you’re not in decent shape though you are going to struggle big time. I saw someone on TripAdvisor ask if they could push a pram up there... it’s 1250m uphill for fucks sake! Be warned this is a proper mountain, so it can be warm at the bottom but it was hella cold at the top!
The view is sensational. Absolutely worth it. I don’t agree with those who say that it’s a boring hike. There’s lovely scenery and when you crest the ridge you can see down the other side too.

From downtown you should expect about 90min up and 60min down if you’re in reasonable shape. It’s basically a dirt path, but it’s pretty steep the whole way . Make sure you go 10min higher than the cauldron to get to the summit, and do both sides of the loop as they’re both nice. Quiet trail in the morning in October. I had the summit to myself.

26 days ago

Done in 2 days instead of the 3 I had planned. The 1rst day was windy but amazing with stunning views on the lake and mountains, the 2nd day was a long but nice bush walk.

Way to busy. It snowed in the night before we did the walk and even then it feld like a trafficjam. Seenery is great.

1 month ago

Steep to the top a bit of scrambling but the views are certainly worth it!

I did the hike today. Was beautiful weather after having snow the last few days. If you regard easy as a flat walk this hike isn’t for you. The trail is in great condition but steep in places. Beautiful scenery.

on Roy's Peak Track

1 month ago

Awesome views,

1 month ago

A nice easy short hike, but steep enough you’ll break a sweat.

-So easily accessible from Queenstown.
-Nice option to take gondola down if tired (or continue onto Ben Lomond saddle/summit, or moonlight track) if looking for more
-Well labeled and conserved path
-Steepness keeps path a worthwhile challenge
-Heavily shades
-Great reward for effort, too has restaurant w/ outdoor seating, toilets, and the luge tracks!

-Not amazing views for most of the hike (when compared to the surrounding area)
-Do have to keep an eye out for xx bike paths occasionally
-Terrible on the knees on the way down (I’m 32 w no knee issues)

*If I was doing a bigger hike from the top of the gondola, I would probably skip the Tiki, and opt for the gondola both ways, your knees will thank you.

1 month ago

Hiked this a few years back and it was one of the highlights of our trip so now that I am using All Trails I thought I would review it. It wasn’t highly trafficked but can be a pain to get to if rainy due to muddy roads. We had to help push the car in front of us through a muddy area. The views and hike are worth it. While this is rated easy. It is all relative as to what you are used to. This at times is moderate but easy because the trail is well maintained and easy to walk. Weather also plays a role. Look at the map for the incline. I’ve had much easier trails makes as moderate vs this in IL and TN in the US. Nonetheless if you can walk and are in ok shape you can do this. Again...the views are worth venturing here for a few hr hike.

1 month ago

A 60-90 minute hike up the mountain, over rocky steps through the trees. Its quite steep and narrow in stops, however a good hike. Plenty of trees for shade. If your not fit, maybe take the ride up and hike down!

Cafe, restrooms etc are at the top!

good day hike for fam & kids

Great views of all the water falls, glacier and sky line

Although the rating says it is hard it is really just how steep it is. It is quite consistent throughout. Make sure you wear well fitted good quality shoes. When I did the track my shoes weren't broken into. The last stretch of the track was painful. As long as you are somewhat fit you will be able to complete it in the time guideline.

One of the harder Great Walks in my opinion, although the age recommendation is ten my brother was seven when he did it. He survived, but it took a toll on him. If you are afraid of heights I wouldn't recommend this because during most of the second day, if you trip, you will go rolling down the cliff.

to see beautiful clear water after a short walk.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Amazing views

2 months ago

Spectacular views

Great views and seals to see. easy gravel path.

Amazing scenery especially on a clear day. Easy track as most of the ground is flat.

on Tiki Trail

2 months ago

Excellent, steep climb over slate rocks with steps + tree holds throughout. I climbed in the winter (July) so a bit muddy with an icy stretch about 3/4 up. Incredible woods, moss and views. Watch for the trail runners and zipliners. You might even see a helicopter land at the gondola. Sheer heaven in NZ!

Stunning scenery.

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