Hiking in Queenstown
Several scenic walks branch out from town. For a history lesson with your ramble, head to the Time Walk, entering through an iron gateway on the Queenstown Hill trail. Narrative panels line the route; it takes about two hours, and you’ll feel good when you see the view at the top. The Ben Lomond Track takes you to one of the highest peaks in the basin. Take the gondola to the summit, then follow signs to the saddle and the steep climb to the peak (5,730 feet). You’ll need to be reasonably fit and this can be a full-day walk, so make sure you bring all the necessary supplies.
Queenstown Trail. For a wonderful journey around the Queenstown area, take a look at the trail map (see website) of this 100km walking and cycling trail and start planning. The trail is well built and there are plenty of places to hire all the biking equipment you need (also on its website). The trail takes you over to Arrowtown and the wineries of Gibbston, past two lakes and three rivers, over some interesting bridges and always through stunning scenery. You can do it all or just parts of it. The path's uphill from Queenstown so if you want to make it a little easier for yourself, start your trip in Arrowtown. www.queenstowntrail.co.nz.