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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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

A bucket-list hike for locals and visitors alike, they all come for one thing: the view from the summit of Roy's Peak.

Queenstown Hill Trail

A trail that stays open year-round, this hike from the heart of Queenstown is not only accessible, but very rewarding.

Ben Lomond Track

One of the most famous hikes in New Zealand, the Ben Lomond Track boasts spectacular views - and a leg-busting climb up from Queenstown.

Bob's Cove Track

A gentle trail that follows the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu as it winds its way towards a secluded cove.

Mount Crichton Loop Track

Great views, waterfalls and local history combine to make this family-friendly hike a popular one in Queenstown.

Lake Alta Track

A short, sharp high-altitude hike to a beautiful lake featured in the Lord of the Rings.