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Aerial view of Skyline Queenstown and hiking tracks on Bob's Peak.

Queenstown Walks and Hikes

Take In The Best Of Nature

From easy short walks to more challenging terrain for hikers and trampers

Access and experience the delights of Queenstown's alpine vistas by getting out into nature. There are short, long and leisurely hikes for all levels to enjoy from the top of the Gondola. Get a copy of the Skyline trail map from the Information Desk at the top and enjoy the walks around the Skyline complex or visit the Department of Conservation on Shotover Street for a more detailed map of the hikes.

Situated above the Skyline complex, there are several walks to choose from:

  • Tiki Trail (1 hour walk)

    Starting at the base of the Gondola, the Tiki Trail is an alternative route to get to Skyline Queenstown and the top of Bob's Peak. You'll zig-zag up the mountain through the pine forest and be rewarded with a postcard-worthy view. Go to the base of the Gondola and look for signs indicating the Tiki Trail just beside Skyline's bottom terminal.
    Type: Easy to moderate Hike. Steady uphill walking.

  • Skyline Loop Track (30 minute walk)

    Take the Gondola up to Skyline. Follow the signage from the base building up past the Luge to the reservoir, turn right at the signpost and meander through the trees before descending back to the Skyline building. Make sure you take time to enjoy the serenity of the bush.
    Type: Easy walking.

  • Lower Ridge Track (25 minute walk - one way)

    Take the Gondola up to Skyline. Follow the walking track up to the Luge and take the signposted track to the Paragliders. Pass the reservoir and keep walking uphill till signposted to Lower Ridge Track. Follow the track up through the pines, appreciate the absolute silence before emerging onto the ridge above Bob's Peak. Panoramic views of the lake, mountains and beyond.
    Type: Easy to moderate walk. Steady uphill walking. Sturdy shoes required.

  • One Mile to the Lakefront (1.5 hour walk)

    CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE.
    Take the Gondola up to Skyline. Start walking down the Skyline access track and turn right off the track where signposted to One Mile. Follow the old water pipe through native bush, past the 1924 hydro dam to the Fernhill roundabout on the lake edge.
    Type: Easy walking.

  • Moonlight Track to Arthur's Point via the Saddle (6 hour hike)

    This trail is one of the most popular in the region. This can be a full day walk so take extra clothing, drinks and food. Take the Gondola to Skyline, follow the signs to the saddle then the descent on your right down to the Moonlight Track. Turn right and follow the historic Moonlight Track back to Arthur's Point.
    Type: Moderate Hike. A good level of fitness is required.

  • Ben Lomond Summit (6-8 hour return hike)

    One of the highest peaks in the Wakatipu basin providing the most stunning views of the region. This can be a full day walk so take extra clothing, drinks and food. Take the Gondola to Skyline, follow the signs to the saddle and the steep ascent on your left to the summit (1747m).
    Type: Moderate Hike. A good level of fitness is required.

Ben Lomond - Source: Mountain Safety Council