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"Enjoy Views on Walks around Lake Wakatipu" Top 5 Page for this destination Lake Wakatipu Tip by Kakapo2

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown: 15 reviews and 33 photos

  Splendid view of Queenstown from the Remarkables.
by Kakapo2

It is impossible to list all the walks in the area of Lake Wakatipu - and frankly, I have not made a lot of them. But some are easy, and they offer such great views over the lake and the mountains that you should walk a little. Well, or just drive up to Coronet Peak and take the Skyline Gondola up to Bob's Peak if you are too exhausted from all those thrill-seekers' activities in and around Queenstown ;-)

A good way to shorten the Ben Lomond Track (normally 6 to 7 hours) is to take the Gondola to Bob's Peak, then you just have to walk along the saddle which is a gentle walk - but the final climb is very steep. Be prepared!

Some of New Zealand's famous Great Walks start in the Queenstown area, in particular the the Rees-Dart Track (4-5 days) which is a long but not too challenging walk.

There is a possibility to walk a day on the Routeburn Track (which in total would take 3 days). The Greenstone and Caples Track (4-5 days) start near Glenorchy which is an hour's drive from Queenstown. Those two tracks can be combined and each linked to the Routeburn Track.

You find an incredibly long list of walks on the DOC website - and there are even more walks which are not listed there!

The DOC offices:

Queenstown Visitor Centre
Ph. (03) 442 7935
Address: 37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300

Glenorchy Visitor Centre
Ph. (03) 442 9937
Address: Cnr Mull & Oban Sts, Glenorchy 9350

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  • Updated Dec 23, 2008
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