There are plenty of walking tracks around Queenstown that are ideal for the family and provide access to stunning Queenstown views while being easily accessible and not too hard for children. Some are buggy-friendly too so there's nothing to stop you getting out and about with the kids! See more on Kidz Go Southern Lakes : Family Guide
Arawata Track - Queenstown
Location: Queenstown - access from end of lane at 45 Arawata Terrace, Sunshine Bay. Stunning views of lake, and cliffs. Beautiful flora and fauna and small streams. Perfect on a nice day. Gentle ups and downs. Path descends down to road at end, so follow this and loop back along road, or return along track.
Arrowtown Historical Houses Walk
Arrowtown itself 150 years old, with around 60 buildings still intact from the goldmining period. This gives the town that ‘step back in time’ feel. The Lakes District Museum sell a “Historic Buildings” Book for only $2.50, featuring a number of easy walks.
Bob's Cove Scenic Reserve - Queenstown
Type: Moderate Time:1 hour return
Location: Queenstown - Drive along the Glenorchy Road for about 15km. Pass the Mount Crichton Scenic Reserve on your right; the Bob’s Cove turn off is slightly further along on your left.
Gentle descent through the bush to the beach at Bob’s Cove, then on past the old lime kiln and jetty. This would be a very pleasant half hour return stroll. Otherwise follow the path up to a loop round the cliff top and back down to Bob’s Cove. Stunning views over one of Queenstown’s prettiest inlets.
Drift Bay Picnic Area - Queenstown
Location: Queenstown - Kingston Highway (State Hgwy 6)
Kingston/Milford Sound Road, only a few kilometres from Frankton just after the Lakeside Estate turn off. Either picnic near your car or take a 10 minute walk down to a lovely secluded beach spot with table. Ideal getaway for relaxing, fishing or bathing. There’s also a very easy 1 hour return walk from this spot following the beach round to Drift Bay.
Frankton Arm Walk - Queenstown
Type: Easy Time: 2 hours return
Location: Queenstown - end of Park Street, Queenstown
Follow Park Street, alongside Queenstown Gardens, down to the lake and Peninsula Street. The Walk begins at the end of this road. A very pleasant walk alongside the lake with views across the Frankton Arm to Kelvin Heights. You come out at Frankton Marina and can continue through to the main beach at Frankton. BUGGY-FRIENDLY
Kelvin Heights Track - Queenstown
Type: Easy Time: 90 mins return
Start from the carpark and playground on Bay View Road. Head to the right and follow the easy, well-graded track alongside the lake. Admire the peninsula houses and enjoy the lake views back towards Queenstown. BUGGY-FRIENDLY
Lake Hayes Track - Queenstown
This track makes it possible to walk a circuit of Lake Hayes. As you drive from Frankton, you'll see a carpark at the end of the Ladies Mile Road, as you descend towards Lake Hayes, or continue to the pavilion where there' s lots of parking. The track is either well-graded, or a wooden walkway, to create an easy stroll around the lake, famous for its stunning reflections. Native birds to be seen along the way include the deep blue pukeko, also known as the New Zealand Swamp Hen! There are some inclines, but they're pretty short, and mostly the track's easy. There are toilet facilities at the recreation and picnic area at the Arrowtown end of the lake, which is also a great spot to pause for a dip in the lake! The path has some steep drop offs at some points, so keep small children with you.
Moke Lake Picnic Area - Queenstown
Location: Queenstown - a few km from Queenstown. Look out for the Moke Lake sign on the right hand side, on the Glenorchy Road.
A small lake (takes approx. 90 minutes to walk round) and an ideal swimming spot. Lots of space to spread out and play, perfect for cycling, walks, games and picnics. Longdrop (bush) toilet on site. 25mins from Queenstown, the Moke Lake turn off is along the Glenorchy Road. Part of the access is unsealed. No dogs allowed.
Mount Crichton Scenic Reserve - Queenstown
Type: Hard Time: 3 hour loop
Location: Queenstown - take the Glenorchy Road from Queenstown. The Scenic Reserve, a goldmining area of last century, is signposted on your right after about 12km.
If you walk the track clockwise you’ll follow the stream through native beech forest until you reach the relic of Sam Summer’s hut, believed to be over 70 years old. (It’s worth checking out the ‘historic site’ detour you’ll see just before the hut, taking you through an old tail race tunnel only 1 metre wide). The walk involves quite a climb, but the views down to Lake Dispute and Lake Wakatipu are rewarding.
Otago Anniversary Track - Arrowtown
Type: Easy Time: 1 hour return
Location: Arrowtown - Start from carpark in Ramshaw Lane
Start from carpark in Ramshaw Lane, centre of Arrowtown. Follow the Arrow River along the flat to the outskirts of Arrowtown. Cross the bridge and return most of the way along the other side, crossing a bridge once more and finishing in carpark. BUGGY-FRIENDLY
Type: Hard Time: 2 hours return
Location: Queenstown - Set off from top of Belfast Terrace and climb steadily through the forest.
Set off from top of Belfast Terrace and climb steadily through the forest. You’ll go through an iron gateway that marks the start of the Queenstown Millennium Time Walk. This takes you through the varied history of Queenstown via a series of Story Panels as you climb. Amazing views over the basin from the top of the Hill.
Sunshine Bay Walkway - Queenstown
Type: Easy Time: 1 hour return
Location: Queenstown - just past the Fernhill roundabout, on the Glenorchy Road
Walk along the Glenorchy Road from the One Mile Creek Carpark for a few minutes. You’ll see the track descend towards the lake on your left. Follow the track to the Sunshine Bay Jetty. Very pretty lakeside walk with waterfall and native bush. Gentle ups and downs, mostly flat. BUGGY-FRIENDLY