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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great walk to warm you up to the many amazing views of scenic Queenstown. It was about a two hour return trip with a few stops to admire the views along the way that just kept getting better as I went along....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike is so amazing I did it twice in one day! This is not the hill that the gondola is on which is quite close by, but it affords fantastic views of that mountain and all the parasailers jumping off it.. I hiked up...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank westcoastcat
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful views overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu beneath high mountains. Gondola right both up and down was enjoyable as well as watching the luge riders race around the luge track up top. Fascinating watching the paragliders tandem gliding off the top of the hill, down...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked up to the trailhead from our hotel so had already experienced a decent amount of uphill. The track is well formed & quite steep in places. We had to find a way around several trees that were blocking the track. They had come...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MJGx2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the recommended walking trails to do while in Queenstown. A big step to get there from the city center, but then in around 90 minutes you should get to the top where nice views await. Trail is easy to follow and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a reward after a bit of a hike! 360 degree views of the land before time - assuming you get up there before the jet boats begin. If in summer, go in the morning for less heat and a peaceful summit. You walk through...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank wunderkuken
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hike up to the top was not one of the most enjoyable hikes in that in some places it was VERY steep but once you get to the saddle, you have a great view down onto Queenstown. If you still have some energy left...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 5557Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not an incredibly difficult hike, a bit steep at times, but very manageable and suitable for almost everyone. The views at the summit make the hike all worth it, though. Absolutely amazing views of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, and the surrounding hills and mountains. Easily a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sophie95050
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the opportunity to take the gondola up the hill and then hike the trails. I would highly recommend experiencing this. The trails are very steep and strenuous. The trails have both wooded and barren areas to explore. Bring plenty of water and be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Emma B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't really enjoy the hike up. It was kind of repetitive. I'm 65 and in good shape, but it was hard on my knees. There are parking spots at the trail head, so you don't have to walk all the way up Ballarat. But,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Kim E
July 19, 2017|
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Response from RootsSingapore | Reviewed this property |
Yes it would be great. Please check online about the weather.
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Response from Nicole T | Reviewed this property |
Hello! It was pretty steep and I can imagine parts of the track would be slippery if it has been raining. I would suggest hiking boots if possible, my sneakers did ok though. Also take water, as it is a bit of a walk to the... More
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Soni B
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Response from Brentwapwap | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Queenstown Hill and the Gondola Hill are two different walks. Queenstown Hill start is at the corner of Kerry Drive and Belfast Terrace in Queenstown - In this walk you will have to walk up and down there is no... More
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Payton R
Split 4 days in Queenstown/Te Anau before Milford Track? (4 Replies)
I arrive in Queenstown on Friday morning (10 am). The next Tuesday I hike the Milford Track before returning home the day after the hike ends. How should I split the four days? I was thinking: Day 1 (Friday) - Drop off bags and hike Ben Lomond Day 2 (Saturday) - Hike Queenstown Hill/around Lake Wakatipu and grocery shop for Milford Track, explore Queenstown. At night leave for Te Anau (may switch day 1 and 2 hikes depending on energy) Day 3 (Sunday) - Kepler Track day hike - Rainbow...More
October 01, 2018|
Response fromBarryTNU|
You are unlikely to get stuck on the Milford track unless the weather is really foul. Helicopters are used to keep people moving if necessary. On the Kepler I would suggest going the other way, to the Luxmore hut, rather than the Motarau hut: Way more spectacular. I assume you mean the Routeburn track for the Earland falls These walks are safe for solo walkers,. But keep to the track. A woman died some time ago after straying from the Routeburn track. Keep a close watch on the...More
Jean D
12 Day South Island (March) Trip Review (8 Replies)
12 Day Trip Review of the South Island I’ll admit it is a long review, but I really enjoyed my trip and want to share my experiences. Day 1: Today I flew into Queenstown and explored the city. I stopped by the I-site center to sign up for a jet boat ride on the Shotover River but they were cancelled for the day due to the river being too high and dangerous. I ended up walking around and saw the sign for Queenstown Hill and decided to do that (had read about it in the NZ Frenzy book)....More
April 08, 2016|
Response fromzhuhai2007|
Interesting report, thank you, Jean. I'm curious as to why you chose to do a QTN to QTN loop. Did you fly in from Australia? (Your profile doesn't show where you are from!). For most people, this is a much more expensive route than starting from AKL & flying to/from CHC.
sharath b
Hello Queenstown! 2.5 days in and around Queenstown (6 Replies)
Hi, I have come to Auckland for work and was thinking of visiting the South Island with Queenstown as my base. I will be traveling alone. I am looking for scenic beauty, shows if any and good guided tours. I would not be interested in Bungee jumping or Sky diving. Would not be interested in exploring food. I have no idea as to where the places are located and how much time some of these activities take, will need your help there to check if things can be squeezed in on the day. ...More
February 22, 2017|
Response fromQTN25|
Day 1 - Stick with Shotover Jet and Skyline Gondola you won't have much time for anything else. Maybe dinner and a walk around the lakefront in the evening. You won't have time to get out to Dart River I wouldn't think. Day 2 - All good, fingers crossed the weather allows you to fly back Day 3 - Forget Franz Josef Glacier, you don't have time. It will take around 8 hours just to get there on the bus. Do a glacier flight with a Queenstown helicopter company, or Dart River this day. Plenty...More