Queenstown is renowned for its high peaks, clear water, hanging valleys and stunning natural beauty. If we were to describe in details what we have, the list would be quite a long one.
We often say to our guests: “Go out there and explore our beautiful outdoors, take to the hills and trails and feel our New Zealand pure air”.
Queenstown’s geography, flora and fauna are incredibly diverse and can be explored via a range of stunning hiking trails. A number of short scenic walks start right from Queenstown’s town centre. The trails and tracks in Queenstown are for all levels of fitness. You could choose a short local stroll, a day long trail or even a multi-day walking adventure.
The adventurous Ben Lomond is one of our guests’ favourite, as it begins among Douglas Fir trees via the Tiki Trail up to the Queenstown Skyline. At approximately 800m altitude, you enter alpine tussocks and shrubs, climbing to the 1326m Ben Lomond Saddle (Ben Lomond Station). The track gets steeper and rougher as it approaches Ben Lomond’s 1,748m summit. In fine weather, the view includes Mounts Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi and Aspiring/Tititea.
Queenstown Hill is another local’s favourite. The almost 2 km long Queenstown Hill is built to acknowledge the past, present and future of Queenstown and the area around Lake Wakatipu.
After a 500 metre climb you are rewarded with a 360° view of some of the main landmarks of the Queenstown area. You will see The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, parts of Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River. On top of the hill you will also find the large iron sculpture “Dream Basket”, marking the link into the future.
In the evening, before you head out for dinner, join us in our Remarkables Lounge where you will be awarded a glass of local wine accompanied by freshly made canapés … to share your adventures with us!