For lovers of walking and hiking, Queenstown is paradise. This stunning region offers a multitude of options for those who love exploring by foot.
Surrounded by The Remarkables mountain range and nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown's spectacular environment is best explored on foot. Many day walks leave from the centre of town, some as easy as a stroll along the lakefront and Queenstown Gardens, or as difficult as any backcountry track. Try the 3-hour Queenstown Hill Time walk, which leaves from Belfast Street and offers panoramic views at the top.
Also accessible from central Queenstown is the challenging 4+ hour Ben Lomond saddle hike. Start from the Skyline gondola complex with the Tiki Trail, amid native bush and surrounded by adventurers ziplining and mountain biking. Then emerge from the treeline and head for the saddle, with magnificent views of the lake and mountains as well as the summit of Mount Aspiring, this walk is perfect to allow you to get a sense of the geography of the area. If you're fit, consider hiking to the top of Ben Lomond summit for an extra-special panorama.
Another nearby walk with stunning lake and mountain views is the Jack's Point Track. Around 4 hours return, you'll hike over undulating grassland and scattered scrub high above Lake Wakatipu.
In the heart of town, and a favourite with locals, the Queenstown Hill Time Walk offers spectacular views and insights in to the past, present and future of Queenstown and the area around Lake Wakatipu.
Exercise your mind as well as your legs on this three hour loop track. There's a lot to be learned about gold mining here.
It's not a walk in the park, but this challenging day hike promises to lift your spirits as high as the Southern Alps.
Take in superb lake and mountain views on an easy walk over undulating open grassland and scattered scrub.
Take your pick - walk to Ben Lomond Saddle (3-4 hours return) or to Ben Lomond Summit (6-8 hours return).
With soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes, this track links the Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park.
Hike along two magnificent river valleys enclosed by towering mountains. A glacier side trip adds to the adventure.