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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.