WALK OR BIKE AROUND LAKE HAYES

Lake Hayes is one of the most picturesque locations in Queenstown, especially on a still day. Often dubbed the mirror lake for its reflections of the mountains and earthy tones of the landscape. Stop off at the camp ground and have a picnic or a swim.

Time:

By foot: 2-3 hours

By bike: 40-60 minutes

Difficulty:

Easy

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PADDLE BOARDING

On a calm day, hire a paddle board and explore Lake Wakatipu, Lake Hayes or Moke Lake. Prices vary from $30-60.

Water Sports Queenstown

Paddle Queenstown

 

CHINESE VILLAGE – ARROWTOWN

Take a short walk around the partially restored Chinese settlement from the gold rush era or take a relaxing stroll along the Arrow River (Millennium Walkway).

Map and overview

WAKATIPU LAKE FRONT

The lake front is a great place to enjoy the summer rays. Hire a paddle board, paddle boat or kayak. Or just lay on the beach and relax. There is plenty of entertainment around the waterfront, including buskers, restaurants and cafes.

 

DISC (FRISBEE) GOLF  

Grab some mates and head to the Queenstown gardens for a round of 18 basket disc golf.  You can hire frisbees from the sports shops in town for $5 or buy one for around $20.

http://www.queenstowndiscgolf.co.nz/

 

MARKETS

Spend your Saturdays at the markets.

Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market

Where: Earnslaw Park along the waterfront.                                                                         

When:  Summer: November – April 9.00am – 4:30pm. Winter: May – October 9.30am – 3:30pm

Remarkables Park Market

Where: 48 Hawthorne Dr, Frankton.

When: Summer only: 9am-2pm.

 

CYCLE QUEENSTOWN TRAIL

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to bike rides in Queenstown, with 7 trails within the Wakatipu Basin.  Be prepared for the splendour of this iconic landscape and scenery. The trails pass through quaint country lanes, paddocks, wine regions, along lake sides and rivers, over historic bridges and so much more.

Difficulty:

The trails are suitable for most ages and abilities but make sure to do your research as they do vary in length and difficulty (easy- advanced). Walking is an option in the steep parts.

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If you don’t have your own bike there are plenty of rental shops around.

Bike hire 

Queenstown trail bike hire directory

 

WALK UP QUEENSTOWN HILL

Queenstown Hill loop track, also known by its Māori name of Te Tapu-nui is a favourite for many. Once you reach the summit you will be greeted with uninterrupted views of the Wakatipu basin and its surrounding mountains, Frankton Arm and Queenstown Bay. A perfect place for a picnic or even some meditation!

Time:

2-3 hour return.

Difficulty:

Moderate uphill walk.

Getting there:

The track starts and ends at a small carpark on Belfast Terrace in Queenstown. Look for the Queenstown Lakes District sign.

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HIKE TO BEN LOMOND

The best time to hike Ben Lomond is during the summer months, from around the beginning of November through until the end of March.

At the top, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the lake and mountains. On clear days, you can spot Mount Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi and Mount Aspiring/Tititea. If you’re lucky you may even spot a kea.

Time:

Walk to Ben Lomond Saddle (3-4 hours return) or to Ben Lomond Summit (6-8 hours return).

Getting there:

You can access this track from the bottom or top of the Skyline Access Road or from the Tiki Trail starting at the top of Brecon Street. The track is well signed from the Skyline Gondola.

Difficulty:

Easy walking track. Moderate to high fitness level.

Bed Lomond track is a full day hike with a steep climb to the summit.

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DRIVE UP CORONET PEAK AND WATCH THE SUNSET

Drive up to Coronet Peak, take a picnic and enjoy the magical twilight hues cast upon you. This is also a perfect spot to witness the Aurora Australis (The Southern Lights) if you’re lucky enough to be around on those rare and magical nights.

Driving time:

12 minute drive from bottom car park (at intersection of Arthurs Point Rd, Malaghans Rd and Littles Rd) to the top car park.

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