Queenstown is surrounded by mountains, lakes and stunning scenery which makes it a walker’s dream as there’s so much terrain to explore with stunning views and rewarding lookouts. There is so much choice for walks in Queenstown and so here are our favourite easy walks in the Queenstown area to add to your holiday itinerary:
- Always take water with you
- Wear plenty of layers as the weather changes quickly here
- Comfortable walking shoes are a must
- Tell other people your plans before leaving
Easy Queenstown Day Walks
Twelve Mile Delta to Bob’s Cove
Length: 4 km
Time: 1 to 2 hours return
Location: Car park on the Glenorchy-Queenstown road, 14 km from Queenstown
Bob’s Cove is a lovely secluded cove with calm waters great for swimming, fishing and boating. The walk around the cove from Twelve Mile Delta is leisurely with a slight incline to get to a viewpoint overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Lord of the Rings fans will enjoy this walk knowing that this was a filming location for the Ithilien Camp. Along the track you’ll spot an historic lime kiln from the 1800s, when limestone was processed here.
Moke Lake Loop Track
Length: 4.5 km
Time: 2 to 3 hours return
Location: Moke Lake Campsite, 14 km from Queenstown
This popular undulating walk through grassland is surrounded by mountains and goes around the lake. A short boardwalk at the southern end protects a small wetland. Start your walk from the camping ground, crossing over a small wooden bridge heading toward the western side of the lake.
Moke Lake is a wonderful place to watch the sunset with the reflections of the clouds, mountains and sky in the water.
Locals Tip: Take a hat as there’s little protection from the sun
Lake Hayes Walkway
Length: 8 km return
Time: 2 to 3 hours return
Location: Lake Hayes Pavilion, 13 km from Queenstown
This loop walk offers outstanding views of the lake and surrounding environs. There are a few different access points to Lake Hayes, so depending on how long you’d like to walk you can do the full loop or just a portion of it. Because the walkway is well-maintained, it’s stroller-friendly and a great option for families.
Locals tip: After you enjoy this walk, stop by one of the nearby vineyards for some wine tasting!
Frankton Arm Walkway 3hrs (One Way)
Time: 3 -3.5hours one way
Location: Queenstown Lakefront to Queenstown Lake front at Kelvin Heights
This walkway makes its way from the Queenstown lakefront around the water’s edge, across the Kawarau Bridge and finishing up after a circuit of the Queenstown Golf Club on the Frankton Peninsula. The beauty of this track is it is below the road and lined with beautiful big trees for most of the way so it is perfect for a hot summers day – or even not so summery days. You also have the option to just walk as far as you please and returning to the lakefront via the same track whenever you decide.
Top tip: Catch a water ferry back to town, it’s a fast and fabulous way of enjoying the lake and you will be dropped off in the centre of Queenstown Bay! It can be caught from the Hilton Queenstown jetty or the Bayview jetty and the timetable can be found on their website https://queenstownferries.co.nz/
Length: 4km return
Time: 1hour return
Location: the entrance is at the bottom of Ford Street (off Centennial Avenue and Bedford Street Corner). There is a carpark and walk over the Arrow River bridge.
The perfect short walk for visitors to the historical settlement of Arrowtown and takes you up along the edge of the Crown Range Terrace just above Arrowtown. The views at the top lookout are spectacular looking back across the Arrowtown area, with the Remarkables mountain range featuring in the distance. In the summer it’s a lovely spot just before sunset, to see the last rays of sunshine over the Wakatipu Basin.
Queenstown Hill (please note, it is a hill walk)
Length: approximately 5kms return
Time: 3 hours
Location: Beginning at Belfast Terrace (there is a small carpark at the start, or you can walk from Queenstown City Centre which will add approximately 20 minutes time onto the walk)
This trail has two options along the way, just making your way around the loop track or heading up to the Queenstown Hill Summit. The summit track will take around 2-3 hours return (4.6 km), the track is fairly steep so it may take longer. At the summit look out for the “Basket of Dreams” artwork created by NZ artist Caroline Robinson.
Just tackling the loop track will take around 2 hours return (4.1 km) adding the two together will push it out to over 3 hours (approximately 5 km).
The following day we suggest Wine tasting in Queenstown.