Arawata Track - Queenstown
Stunning views of lake, and cliffs. Beautiful flora and fauna and small streams. Perfect on a nice day. Gentle ups and downs. Path descends down to road at end, so follow this and loop back along road, or return along track.read more
- Location: Queenstown - access from end of lane at 45 Arawata Terrace, Sunshine Bay
Otago Anniversary Track - Arrowtown
Start from carpark in Ramshaw Lane, centre of Arrowtown. Follow the Arrow River along the flat to the outskirts of Arrowtown. Cross the bridge and return most of the way along the other side, crossing a bridge once more and finishing in carpark.read more
- Location: Arrowtown - Start from carpark in Ramshaw Lane
Mount Crichton Scenic Reserve - Queenstown
If you walk the track clockwise you’ll follow the stream through native beech forest until you reach the relic of Sam Summer’s hut, believed to be over 70 years old. (It’s worth checking out the ‘historic site’ detour you’ll see just before the hut, taking you through an old tail race tunnel only 1 metre wide). The walk involves quite a climb, but the views down to Lake Dispute and Lake Wakatipu are rewarding.read more
- Location: Queenstown - take the Glenorchy Road from Queenstown. The Scenic Reserve, a goldmining area of last century, is signposted on your right after about 12km.
Frankton Arm Walk - Queenstown
Follow Park Street, alongside Queenstown Gardens, down to the lake and Peninsula Street. The Walk begins at the end of this road. A very pleasant walk alongside the lake with views across the Frankton Arm to Kelvin Heights. You come out at Frankton Marina and can continue through to the main beach at Frankton.read more
- Location: Queenstown - end of Park Street, Queenstown
Tobins Track - Arrowtown
Start off on the Otago track but cross the first bridge and follow the Tobins Track up to a fantastic viewpoint over Arrowtown and the Crown Terraces. The track itself is perfect for buggies but whether you want to push one up this quite steep climb for an hour is another matter!read more
- Location: Arrowtown - Start off on the Otago track but cross the first bridge and follow the Tobins Track
Arrowtown Historical Houses Walk
Arrowtown itself is 150 years old, with around 60 buildings still intact from the goldmining period. This gives the town that ‘step back in time’ feel. The Lakes District Museum sell a “Historic Buildings” Book for only $2.50, featuring a number of easy walks.read more
- Location: Arrowtown centre
Kelvin Heights Track Yacht Club Loop - Queenstown
You can join this track at various points along the Kelvin Heights Peninsula Road. Follow the lake towards the Golf Course. A good place to start a loop walk is from the Yacht Club on Bay View Road From here you head to the Golf Course and round the Perimeter in a loop, then back down to the track. You do actually enter onto the Fairways for a few minutes of your walk. If you don’t want to do this you’re not missing much by returning the way you came. Almost completely flat.read more
- Location: Queenstown - yacht club, Bay View Road, Kelvin Heights
Kelvin Grove, Kelvin Heights - Queenstown
Nestled at the entrance to the golf course, right on the lake, this is a favourite for water skiers. Park your car alongside your picnic spot. Toilets and playground. Pebbly beach, warm shallows, lots of shade.read more
- Location: Queenstown - Kelvin Heights, at golf course entrance.
Lake Hayes Track - Queenstown
As you drive from Frankton, you'll see a carpark at the end of the Ladies Mile Road, as you descend towards Lake Hayes, or continue to the pavilion where there' s lots of parking. The track is either well-graded, or a wooden walkway, to create an easy stroll around the lake, famous for its stunning reflections. Native birds to be seen along the way include the deep blue pukeko, also known as the New Zealand Swamp Hen! There are some inclines, but they're pretty short, and mostly the track is easy. There are toilet facilities at the recreation and picnic area at the Arrowtown end of the lake, which is also a great spot to pause for a dip in the lake! The path has some steep drop offs at some points, so keep small children with you.read more
- Location: Lake Hayes, Queenstown
Lake Hayes Recreation Area - Queenstown
Consists of sandy beach, warm shallows, lots of space and toilets. Great spot to picnic and relax on a sunny day - lots of shade. Pontoon and good swimming and kayaking.read more
- Location: Queenstown - 15km from Queenstown - leave town via Frankton. Lake Hayes is on your left. Turn left at the turn off for Arrowtown - the best picnic area is signposted 2km along the Arrowtown road at the head of the lake.
Moke Lake Picnic Area - Queenstown
A small lake (takes approx. 90 minutes to walk round) and an ideal swimming spot. Lots of space to spread out and play, perfect for cycling, walks, games and picnics. Longdrop (bush) toilet on site. 25mins from Queenstown, the Moke Lake turn off is along the Glenorchy Road. Part of the access is unsealed. No dogs allowed.read more
- Location: Queenstown - a few km from Queenstown. Look out for the Moke Lake sign on the right hand side, on the Glenorchy Road.
Sunshine Bay Walkway - Queenstown
Walk along the Glenorchy Road from the One Mile Creek Carpark for a few minutes. You’ll see the track descend towards the lake on your left. Follow the track to the Sunshine Bay Jetty. Very pretty lakeside walk with waterfall and native bush. Gentle ups and downs, mostly flat.read more
- Location: Queenstown - just past the Fernhill roundabout, on the Glenorchy Road
Drift Bay Picnic Area - Queenstown
Kingston/Milford Sound Road, only a few kilometres from Frankton just after the Lakeside Estate turn off. Either picnic near your car or take a 10 minute walk down to a lovely secluded beach spot with table. Ideal getaway for relaxing, fishing or bathing. There’s also a very easy 1 hour return walk from this spot following the beach round to Drift Bay.read more
- Location: Queenstown - Kingston Highway (State Hgwy 6), Right hand side, just after the Lakeland Estate development.
Set off from top of Belfast Terrace and climb steadily through the forest. You’ll go through an iron gateway that marks the start of the Queenstown Millennium Time Walk. This takes you through the varied history of Queenstown via a series of Story Panels as you climb. Amazing views over the basin from the top of the Hill.read more
- Location: Queenstown - Set off from top of Belfast Terrace and climb steadily through the forest.
Bob's Cove Scenic Reserve - Queenstown
Gentle descent through the bush to the beach at Bob’s Cove, then on past the old lime kiln and jetty. This would be a very pleasant half hour return stroll. Otherwise follow the path up to a loop round the cliff top and back down to Bob’s Cove. Stunning views over one of Queenstown’s prettiest inlets.read more
- Location: Queenstown - Drive along the Glenorchy Road for about 15km. Pass the Mount Crichton Scenic Reserve on your right; the Bob’s Cove turn off is slightly further along on your left.