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Lake Alta Track is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 679 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Hike to picturesque glacial Lake Alta. The track begins behind Remarkables skifield buildings and follows a ski road to the top of the Alta charlift. Cairns will lead you from there, through the alpine wetlands, to the lake.

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Reviews (63)
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Jamie T
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Hiking

Lovely hike, I’d say it’s pretty low end of moderate/ high end easy level. It’s shorter than expected and not too tough. A little steady climb at the start below the ski lifts. we went during autumn and it was beautiful. Just be careful of the drive up as it’s steep and windy. Have to pay a small fee if you’re driving up when it’s not ski season.

FC T
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Alexandra Givovich
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HikingIcySnow

You must do this track. The view and frozen lake is stunning. Higly recommended

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Richard Jaques
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Hiking

Worth the drive up there, a stunning day makes a difference. Cold, but warming sun, no wind. 1st half routine up ski field vehicle tracks, second half au natural, needing sure footing at times in a peaceful alpine environment. Lake frozen over, serene and away from the troubles of the planet.

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Katarina Renaldi
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HikingRockySnow

I would agree that this trail is moderate up until the point where you have to scramble over rocks to get to the summit, many of which slip out from beneath you. Though if you have more experience in the mountains, this would probably be moderate for you. Absolutely stunning views from the top and all the way up, reflective lake about halfway up. Overall a beautiful hike well worth your time when you're in QT.

Jason Fredricks
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HikingFeeMuddyRockySnow

Very enjoyable walk. Not a challenging hike but it still feels like exercise. Views on the drive up, along the way, and especially at the end of the hike are all pretty spectacular. $10 fee to enter but all of the views make that worth the money.

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Josh Gray
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Louie Chua
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Hiking

The hike was fun toward the end. Very scenic surroundings and not too boring. There’s is a $10 fee for each car to enter the road and the view going up and down in the car is beautiful.

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Alyssa Melton
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Hiking

beautiful lake! helicopter construction in the summer put a damper on the nature-y feels though

Nick Katz
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky

Hiked during summer... Negatives- There is a small fee at the bottom of the mountain. Half of the trail is a gravel road under construction for the ski resort. Positives - absolutely beautiful views on the drive up and down the mountain with places to pull over for photos. The second half of this walking track is a beautiful rocky trek with streams along the way. The end of this short trek is very rewarding with a beautiful blue lake.

Christina Marshall
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HikingFee

FEE! I did this walk a year ago and it was absolutely gorgeous! I came back to do it and there’s now a barrier before the road up where you have to pay $10. Seems a bit high of a price for a walk I did for free just last year. I chose to go do something else instead.

Robbie D
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Laura Harris
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HikingRockySnow

Nice short hike, 40 mins up and 30 mins down. Go right to the water’s edge to see the mountains reflecting in the lake. And look out for the leaping grasshoppers!

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Thomas Khourey
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Hiking

Nice easy climb. The starts just on road which is a bit mundane but when you get up the mountain you get to walk through mossy wetlands and rock scrambles with amazing views.

Cindy Gallant
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HikingNo shade

I was very hesitant of doing this one because of the drive required up. I loved it! You were all alone in what seems like an abandoned ski park (because it's off season) and the view of the lake turned out to be beautifullll. Wear layers! It a windy and really cold - it forced me to turn back quickly enough. The road up is super steep and a good 5K on gravel...all I could think of was "I hope I don't get a flat!"...so maybe go with a car you trust? 100% worth the detour.

Laurie Smith
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HikingMuddyRocky

I am new to hiking but thoroughly enjoyed this track. Mostly well signposted. About 45 min to lake from carpark. Some muddy areas - would recommend hiking shoes if has recently been raining. Was quite cold when I went up - regretted not taking a pair of gloves.

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