Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Queenstown with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

7 days 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

2 months ago

February 2018

3 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 :)

4 months ago

Amazing hike with a great view!

4 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.

5 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

7 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

7 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.

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!

It was a beautiful track, but not clearly marked after the first couple signs and a lot of people just popping in at different spots to go to the water. Lots of great places to stop and swim though. Very easy, with some uphill jaunts.

Used an acess off the road. Moderate to easy trail but there is alot of uphilll. Well marked and nice views of streams waterfall. Cabin at the top is interesting

7 months ago

The start point on the GPS was off, but if you are driving away from Queenstown you will see a clearly marked sign (~1-2 km beforehand) on the left hand side of the road for the trailhead and parking. Was going to track the trail but had zero cell service. :(

Very beautiful hike! While the path itself is easy to negotiate (no bouldering required and clearly marked), it is a steep climb. I hike quite a bit and would rate the exertion level a moderate. But well worth the remarkable views! Saw a bit of wildlife too! Highly recommend.

Quick hike with very nice views
1 hour each way till the first viewpoint

Amazing views that keep getting better and better as you go! Definitely challenging but more than worth it. Also my advice is to skip the Tiki Trail and take the gondola. I didn't feel the Tiki added anything worthwhile to the hike, plus you'll probably wind up taking the gondola back down either way.

The name of the track is misspelled on here. it's Ben Lomond.

Ya, you’ll feel it. But you will in all nz trails. Check it out, go past the marker. It is longer than you think, it just keeps going.

easy one ,good to get a nice view of queenstown

Tough hike. I started from tiki trail and didn’t ride the gondola up. Absolutely gorgeous views at the summit. We had to wait a little bit for a huge cloud to lift but when it did it was wonderful. Very well marked and easy to follow!

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