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8 days ago

A strenuous but doable up and back during late December / January (especially if you walk from the base), but your effort will be well rewarded with amazing summit views of the mountains and water.

hiking
10 days ago

I hiked Ben Lomond on end of August. The track to the Saddle was fine, I had crampons on so no trouble navigating on icy ground. But the track to the top is very hard and the tracks are unseenable due to snow. Don't have gaiters on so my feet is freezing everytime I fell on deep snow. The view from saddle is very nice but the summit was amazing.

on Tiki Trail

hiking
23 days 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!

hiking
23 days ago

Fantastic day yesterday. 6/8/2018 . We walked up the access road crom Lomond Cres till the Saddle the over to Arthurs point, a lot of snow so slow going for a while.Took us about 6 and half hours. Track washed out in a couple of places on way to Arthurs point but okay to get around. Its a shame we cannot add photos here.

Please see Ben Lomond 6/8/2018.
We walked up to Ben Lomond saddle the to Arthurs point fantastic walk took us about 6 and half hours, lots of snow at the top but no wind and sunny today. Great views.

1 month ago

I only hiked down after returning from the skyline. A decent hike for sure. It took about an hour to get down

A great challenging hill climb with amazing views. Loved the faerie grove

hiking
3 months ago

February 2018

hiking
4 months ago

Took the Gondola up and started from there. Took us 5h30 return (1h20 to the saddle and about 1h30-45 to the summit). It snowed the day before so it was really nice going up but when going down, the sun had melted most of the snow so it became really muddy/slippy.

Beautiful views with some occasional and welcome shade. The rating is accurate - hard - with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain per mile.

Awesome views from the top. Took just under an hour for me to reach the summit. Definitely worth checking out !

Pretty easy with stunning views!

Lovely views & nice trail! Saw some sheep :)

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing hike with a great view!

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful hike that is on the shorter side but very steep. We hiked up and rode the gondola down. Lots of shade along the way, very little sun exposure. Worth the work to get up to the summit without taking the Gondola.

Great hike with amazing views of Queenstown and a 360 view at the top! your legs will feel it after this hike, in a good way.

I am 57 and hike a fair amount and in good shape with no injuries. I took the gondola up to the start point vs taking the Tiki Trail.

Note, the gondola starts at 9am or 10am depending on the season.

it took 1.75 hours to get to the saddle including picture stops. The trail is well-marked and mostly in the open so you can actually see where the trail is going to up ahead. it is mostly an incline all the way to the saddle with only a couple of flat spots. the trail is hard pack and worn with some loose rocks but very manageable. There is a small bench at the saddle that overlooks valleys and other peaks. also, it is very windy here at the saddle.

Another 45 minutes to the top. this part of the trail is a significant incline all the way and there are spots where you will need to step high or scramble over some rocks. if you have ever hiked Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale Arizona, this part of the hike will be no problem for you. the trail is easy to follow and, with the number of people on the trail, you can see where they are headed so getting lost is not an issue.

if you are going on the summer, be prepared as nearly all of the trail is out on the open with NO shade from the sun.

nice hike along the lake just outside Queenstown. GPS is inaccurate and you need to keep going until you see the Bob's Cove Recreation Area sign. there are a couple of steeper spots on this hike but very manageable.

Really recommend that walk. Go to the summit, the view is way better from there and these are only around 15min more.
You will find your way to the top but there aren’t a lot of signs.

hiking
6 months ago

February 2018

took the Gondola up. still a hard hike, but excellent trail and 360 views. pair of Kea's live near the summit and will come and beg for snacks.
the wind can get pretty strong at the top. well worth doing

This is a good hike from the dock. It is a steep out and back. Wondrous views from the top. Go to the top summit, not just the metal cauldron. it took us, average hikers about 80 mins to the summit and an hour back to the docks.

on Ben Lommond Track

8 months ago

My husband and I did this hike our first full day on the South Island . We recommend taking the gondola up and starting the hike from there. Your knees definitely won't regret it on the way down

hiking
8 months ago

I really liked this hike but I recommend starting along the water first. We completed this in under three hours and that was including stopping to take pictures. This hike gives you scenery of the lake, a small waterfall, some wild flower and mountains.

Beautiful view of the lake prior to reaching clouds recommend gloves for summit

Great hike. Pace yourself; this is a long hike. It is a vertical hike. Varied terrain if you complete the entire loop, along with the vertical trek to the top of the hill. Highly recommend.

First, this trail is definitely MODERATE on the harder end. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and so worth the effort. There’s a lot of steep uphills, but it pays off with a beautiful view of the lakes. Spectacular scenery on the way up, and good amount of shade. The cabin is also awesome to see near the top, though it wasn’t clear to us where the trail went from there. Walk behind the cabin and you’ll see the bridge. Would definitely do again!

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