We are 60 yr old couple relatively new to enjoying hiking and in so so physical shape. Just spent a week in Queenstown with great sunny weather for the entire week and 3 nights in Te Anua with one sunny day and two somewhat rainy days.
We selected the Key Summit hike on our sunny day on the Milford Road - it was truly spectacular and provided the best views of any of the hikes we have done in NZ. For us "so so fit" old folks, it took us about 2.5 hrs to hike the endless uphill to the summit with lots of rest stops - but the reward was well worth it. The vista at the top in all directions on a clear day can not be described in words. THIS IS A MUST DO HIKE. However, if it is not a clear day, I would not expend the effort.
We did not do any other hikes in Milford Road area due to the rain.
During our Queenstown week, we did hikes on the Mt Crichton and Moke Lake Loop Trails – which took us about 4 hr and 3 hrs, respectively. While the Mt. Crichton trail had some nice mountain, lake, and waterfall views, it was really difficult for a 60 yr old senior like myself – in just so physical shape. The first 1.5 hrs was uphill with lots of rest stops required for the old body. The Moke Lake trail was much easier – with great mountain and lake views and only a few relatively short uphill sections. However, almost the entire Moke Lake trail is in the fun sun – so pick a cooler day for the hike and not the 30 deg day that we picked. The last part of Moke Lake Road is a long stretch of gravel road which is pretty narrow for us Yanks. Luckily, there were few cars and amazingly both cars are able to squeeze – we would just stop and let the other car go. But glad that we did not meet any cars on the few narrow curvy hilly sections – thank goodness for small wonders.
The Queenstown trail around Lake Wakatipu is really very nice and provides for a flat leisurely walk – always with a cool lake breeze. The section between Queenstown and Frankton is wide and great for bike riding –with lots of space. However, the trail on the other side of Frankton, called the Kelvin Peninsula Track, was spectacular with magnificent views of the lake since you are on a raised walkway on a bluff above the lake in many sections. I would suggest walking on this trail as it was pretty narrow and we gave up with bike riding. Just too unnerving with bikers both ways and walkers and dogs to maneuver around. However, the walk on the trail was truly awesome and probably my favorite in the Queenstown area – highly recommended with quite a few benches for enjoying the wonderful scenery.
Hope this helps others looking for some nice hikes.