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Family hike, lot of people.
After the viewpoint, the track is forbidden to the public, so it’s a 6 km track instead of 11 km.
2h30 - 3h

Exceptional track.
We start from Arthurs point (with Uber for $20).
We add the mount Ben Lomond, wonderful !
6-7 h

Would class this a little Hardy than easy in some places... Great views... Take lots of water and sun screen.

We got to see Yellow-eyed penguins! The trail is steep but worth it.

no shade
3 days ago

This trail is a bit brutal if the sun is out. There isn’t any shade and it’s about five miles of steep grade switch backs. However, do not give up! The payout is amazing, and I saw a few adorable sheep. Bring lots of water!

4 days ago

Quite steap, definetely would take my hiking poles, since i have one weak knee.

not a big deal, quite nice but nothing special... definitely not hard, I would say medium level

Took us a little over an hour to get to the top. Not to shabby for a couple of 50 something’s. It’s a tough hike up but shaded which was very helpful. Incredible views at the top!

Beautiful track. Easy walk along the valley that follows the Greenstone River.

Une marche difficile, avec de très beaux points de vue mais une descente, le long d’un grillage, très pentue et longue. Un chemin en « zig zag » serait bienvenu...

Un sentier très accessible et joli que nous avons fait en 2h aller, sans marcher trop vite. A walk day fun!

Nous avons fait juste sur une journée, 6kms jusqu’au pont donc très facile au niveau du sentier, un peu boueux mais magnifique !

Tour du lac facile et joli. Vous pouvez aller au point de vue sur Wanaka ou faire une boucle vers le haut mais ça monte et surtout il y a des escaliers donc si genoux douloureux c’est à éviter je pense.

14 days ago

Did it for sunrise, was amazing. Start walking around 2am and u will be up right in time. The way up is suitable for night walking and the beginning and end is harder but worth the view in the end.

17 days ago

First hike we did in Queenstown. The views are just unreal. Pretty steep walk to the top. We did it carrying our kids in packs most of the way... Definitely a workout. But worth it.

17 days ago

My wife and I did this with our kids (2 and 4) on our backs for most of it. It MAY be rated easy. But definitely not with 40 lbs on your back. Also felt longer than 3.7 miles. Health app said 5.5. We went clockwise, crossing the bridge at the beginning. Amazing well kept trail through lots of shade next to the river. Some pretty steep sections all the way through. Birds and rapids heard throughout. The waterfall and cabin and views from the top near the lake were the highlights. Loved it!

17 days ago

View at the top is insane

Steepest part is the first part-- once you get past that it's still challenging but not as tough

Stunning walk. Amazing views all the way up of the valley and over Lake Hawea and on to Wanaka.

20 days ago

So hard but funking good

very nice, very steep

on Bob's Cove Track

21 days ago

stunning view up top

Quiet and track and a good alternative to Roy’s Peak but we only saw 2 or 3 other groups. Challenging without being too hard and with fantastic views at the top.

on Moke Lake Loop

22 days ago

beautiful easy walk

Great way to day hike the Routeburn trail.

Nice track! I did it starting in the Arthurs to Gondola, is much upper walking.

Hard; magnificent views,

This hike can't be classified as hard. It's a well maintained trail with only a few steep parts. Short and relatively easy walk up. Don't forget to walk further up than the "dream basket" for way better views.

Nice but not challenging

A bit of heavy breathing at the start of the hill but not too strenuous overall. Great views from the top.

Wonderful hike. A few steep sections but not bad. We opted to do this hike over the Roys Peak hike. Very few people on this hike which made it very enjoyable. A very panoramic view at the top.

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