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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

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 Walk though old bush down to the beach, then less than 10 mins to caves. Get there 1 hr before low tide. Doesn't take long to explore cave, but you must be out of the car park by 2 hrs after low tide. $5 for adults $1 kids. Check their website for low tide times.

Nice trail through great natural bush. Some stairs. Beautiful cascading waterfall.

Short easy walk to a very cool place

Wow! What an amazing experience, we hiked the track in time for sunrise yesterday, the track was well mapped and easy to navigate with a head torch, we carried on the extra 17km of the skyline track, (keep going after Roy's peak) Mt alpha, is higher and more stunning fyi.... The skyline track was great up until the last 8-10km of decent of farming land so we thought upon reflection we would have had better terrain and views if we'd just turned back after 15km or so.... Great day out though

This trail is certainly hard, very steep! The peak is actually private property so there isn’t public access to the top. You can trespass if you’re feeling like living life on the edge but since the tail ends it is very rocky terrain, lots of brush and some the will give you gnarly pokes. Overall the train was awesome! Just wish you could easily get to the top especially after all the hard work. Great views regardless though!

Positive: nice view around you.
Negative: busy trail

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

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike. Steep at the start. Track very clear until you reach the top. Follow the stakes, some were hard to see! Would highly recommend. Take lots of water and start in the morning as no shade on the top!

Lots of sealions and birdlife around. Short but fun walk. highly recommended.

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.

hiking
22 days ago

Gorgeous hike! Would not call this easy though! Parents had to turn back as it was steep and trail is unclear at some points. Well worth it! Beautiful waterfalls and rock pools!

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

hiking
29 days 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.

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