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, is surrounded by adventurers ziplining and mountain biking. The magnificent views of the lake and mountains as well as the summit of Mount Aspiring 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 view.
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.