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7 days ago

Made it to the saddle with our kids. Half carrying them and half them hiking. (4 and 2). Wasn’t too bad. Definitely a work out.

Got a bit windy for the them even with extra layers and was advised by a few passerby’s not to attempt the peak with kids in packs. Steep scrambling. Etc. So we settled for the saddle...

Views all the way up and at the saddle are insane.
Best hike we did in Queenstown.

Will be back next year with a lighter load. :)

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.

10 days ago

Great hike 3.5 hours from top of gondola and back. Start early to beat the crowds. No shade for top 3/4.

10 days ago

Bueno , va una review en español ! Es jodido, pero lo hice , en 6 hrs y media , y parando en el camino.
Vale la pena cada paso que se da , y llegar al tope de la montaña y abrazar las nubes, no tiene precio.

Une belle montée pour une vue magnifique !

Great circuit, beautiful views of snowy mountain tops, clear rivers and nice forests. The gillespie pass has patches of snow at this time of year (end of December) no special gear is needed although consider it to be a good 1000 meter up and down in the second day. The start and the end of the track involves some river crossing. searching for good spots will lead you to find waist-deep water at most.

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.

Amazing view up top. The last hour hike to the summit can be rocky and steep at times. The summit took me one hour to go up slowly. So take it slow esp coming down. But the view is amazing, comparable to Roy’s Peak at Wanaka.

Beautiful all year round

My wife and I completed this “track” yesterday, in late December, in perfect weather of clear skies and ~65 degrees F. It’s great! We are both experienced hikers and decent athletes, so take that into account for time-planning reference. We took the gondola up and hiked from Skyline (which starts behind the luge entrance, to the left, and it’s well marked) and made it to the saddle in under an hour. That section of trail behind the luge begins in the woods for less than 1 km and is mostly a steady uphill of smooth dirt track, with only a few simple wooden steps to prevent trail erosion. Once you emerge from the trees, you have excellent views of Lake Wakatipu and a long, exposed uphill to the saddle.

The section from the saddle to Ben Lomond peak took us just under 45 minutes at a difficult pace. It’s a fully exposed ridge, beginning with uneven/eroded dirt trails as turning into erratic rock stepping and some scrambling. It’s insanely fun with great views in most directions. Once you get to the top, on nice days, you’ll have a good bit of company for the 360 views, but the trail itself never felt too crowded.

The downhill from the summit to the saddle is probably the most precarious; take care not to lose or miss a step. The lower have back to the gondola is a simple downhill, but I imagine could get very muddy during or after rainfall. We also took the gondola down, and our full round trip was about 3 hours 50 minutes including at least 20 minutes for lunch at the peak and me scrambling throughout for 100+ pictures.

Suggestions: Since we were simply “on holiday,” we both wore good running shoes but I would recommend at least trail runners or low trail shoes for even experienced hikers. Then, bring at least 2-3 liters of water and wear gobs of sunscreen. And pee before you leave the woods; there’s no place to hide! Also, the big bird at the top WILL steal food from inside your bag.

Lastly, there is a parallel track that goes from the gondola up/down to the saddle on the ridge (rather than just below). It looks more fun and craggy than the saddle trail, but is reserved for downhill mountain bikers as it is mostly single track. Press your luck if you want the fun!

27 days ago

Did this hike in mid-December, started and ended by taking the Tiki Trail. About 45 from start of Tiki Trail to the gondola station, and another 2 hours to summit. I highly recommend doing this hike early in the morning - I started around 8am and didn’t see anyone until almost to the summit. It was also fairly rainy, but I didn’t think it was too bad despite a few muddy areas (good to have hiking shoes with decent traction). It was fairly cold up there (a few degrees above freezing), and having a decent hard shell was quite helpful. One thing to note is that there is a defined trail all the way to the summit, but around the last 15min or so you’ll come across a large rock overhang that forms a natural rain shelter of sort (very obvious). If you aren’t so bright like me and didn’t see the trail which continues to the right, you may go under the rock and do a bit of rock scrambling to reach the top. It wasn’t too difficult, but I’d recommend just following the trail if you don’t want the extra excitement.

1 month ago

Amazing hike! Would definitely recommend! We aren’t big hikers and managed to get to the top and back fine in about 5.5 hours. Catching the gondola up would make it a lot easier.
Be a little careful coming down in the rain though, It’s pretty slippery. We will be doing this one again!

Was going to slay this peak today but the trail is closed right now. No public access from Nov 20 to Dec 20 due to fawning (deer)

Really tough hike from town. Definitely doable if you take the gondola up, but we started from Lomond Crescent in town and it was a doozy! In lots of pain at the end, haha. Also watch the weather... as we started the summit section from the saddle it got really rainy which made it quite slick to get up and back down. BUT Really gorgeous hike and so worth it!

Beautiful views at the summit! :)
Lots of chances to see some kea birds really closely!

Stunning 360' views.

Solid hike, great views! Would recommend for most fitness levels, though it does get a little challenging up the rocks through the west side. Probably a better option than Roy's peak if the weather's questionable.

2 months ago

Did this hike as the other famous one was closed for lambing. I'm so glad I did as there was some variation to the walk itself and not just plain uphill. I found the first 4km uphill the hardest. Rewarded with stunning panoramic views! Came down at 4pm and only walked past 2 other walkers.

What a great walk! Well signposted with spectacular 360 views at the top. We walked west to east based on recommendations of reviews and really enjoyed it.

Going to the summit is a must, great views at the top.

3 months ago

Amazing hike! One of my favorite.
Bring lots of shells as it’s very cold at top!

3 months ago

Great hike! The last 30 minutes to the top was quite slippery because of the snow. I was happy that I was wearing my hiking boots!

3 months ago

Great views. The track is a farm/access vehicle track for the majority of the route. Took me just under 2 hours to the summit, pushing hard, and about 90 minutes back down.

epic views steep but good change from I hike back home. absolutely phenomenal panoramic views atop. king of the mountain for the evening as I had the place to myself.

4 months 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.

The views on this track would hands down be the best I have seen in NZ so far.

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.

4 months 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.

5 months ago

This felt like a never-ending up up up. My plan was to take a short, relaxed walk about halfway up. But it was so marvelous, I had to keep going. Made it up and back in 3.5 hrs (jogging most of the way down). However, all I had to carry were my poles and light jacket. Water would have been a plus, but not essential. Only passed 5 people the whole time, all of varying fitness. YOU can do this! So very worth it.

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