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.
The Queenstown area has some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery and natural features. There are several short walks and hikes in and around Queenstown that give you the opportunity to explore and enjoy this amazing part of the country.
The Queenstown Hill Time Walk is a 500-metre climb through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intense sacredness). As you make your way along the track, you will walk by the popular 'Basket of Dreams' sculpture as well as six information plates that explain different epochs of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown.
When you have completed the time walk and reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding land and some of Queenstown's main landmarks.
If you would like to stop for a snack before descending, you might enjoy a little picnic on the shore of the small mountain lake.
The starting point for the Queenstown Hill Time Walk is at a small car park off Belfast Terrace, not far from the city centre.
Need to know
The track is managed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council and parts of the track traverse private land.