Guidebook

The Best Day Hikes Around Queenstown

Boasting epic views and hundreds of miles of trails, it's no wonder that Queenstown is one of the world's pre-eminent outdoor destinations. But the adventurous don't have to venture far from the town to enjoy spectacular views and hikes for all abilities.

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Description

The nearest town to the trail head of a number of New Zealand's 'Great Walks', Queenstown attracts visitors throughout the year - and has a thriving local community of adventurers to boot. But not everything in the area requires multi-day planning and hardened bush walking abilities.

There are plenty of local hikes and trails for walkers (and runners) of all abilities. From trails leading in to the heart of the Remarkables, to hikes around the local lakes, there truly is something for everyone.

Roy's Peak Track
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Roy's Peak Track

Fiordland National Park
5 - 6 hrs
15.8 km
1,276 m
1,276 m
A bucket-list hike for locals and visitors alike, they all come for one thing: the view from the summit of Roy's Peak.
Moderate
Private
Queenstown Hill Trail
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Queenstown Hill Trail

Fiordland National Park
2 - 3 hrs
8.3 km
504 m
471 m
A trail that stays open year-round, this hike from the heart of Queenstown is not only accessible, but very rewarding.
Easy
Private
Ben Lomond Track
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Ben Lomond Track

Fiordland National Park
5 - 6 hrs
14.8 km
1,422 m
1,422 m
One of the most famous hikes in New Zealand, the Ben Lomond Track boasts spectacular views - and a leg-busting climb up from Queenstown.
Moderate
Private
Bob's Cove Track
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Bob's Cove Track

Fiordland National Park
0 - 1 hrs
3.6 km
93 m
93 m
A gentle trail that follows the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu as it winds its way towards a secluded cove.
Easy
Private
Mount Crichton Loop Track
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Mount Crichton Loop Track

Fiordland National Park
2 - 3 hrs
7.6 km
320 m
320 m
Great views, waterfalls and local history combine to make this family-friendly hike a popular one in Queenstown.
Easy
Private
Devils Creek Track (with Shotover River detour)
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Devils Creek Track (with Shotover River detour)

Fiordland National Park
5 - 6 hrs
16.8 km
1,090 m
1,333 m
A fantastic hike over the top of Mount Dewar with an optional detour via to Shotover River.
Moderate
Private
Lake Alta Track
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Lake Alta Track

Fiordland National Park
0 - 1 hrs
3.2 km
204 m
203 m
A short, sharp high-altitude hike to a beautiful lake featured in the Lord of the Rings.
Easy
Private