There's no denying the beauty of Queenstown, whether it's in and amongst the hustle and bustle of the town centre or from a peaceful hillside viewpoint. However, should you need an excuse to eat that extra Ferg Burger here’s our top five day hikes, suitable for all abilities and easily accessible from Nomads Backpackers - too easy!
Duration: 2 hour round trip
Where: About 10 minutes walk out of town is the Skyline Gondola, head to the left where there is a path and a board with the route which is super easy to follow but, if your feeling lazy or super hungover, you can take the gondola for $37.
The hike is a steep climb up but it offers stunning views at every rest point and there's even chairs made from old tree stumps for those perfect photo opportunities. Once you reach the top you are greeted with a perfect view of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown below. While you’re up there you can take advantage of some of the adrenaline activities such as the Luge or even a bungee jump.
Duration: 2-3 hours around the lake
Where: Take bus no. 2 from Queenstown towards Arrowtown. Get off at Amisfield Winery; you'll be able to see the lake from the window and the path starts from next to the bus stop.
The path circumventing the lake is well paved and mainly flat so it's a super easy walk that offers mountainous views everywhere you look. There's a slight incline to one side of the lake but nothing strenuous. It takes around 2-3 hours to complete depending on how many pictures you ‘just have to take’ but we also recommend planning time for a picnic or having a dip on a warm day. Once you’ve completed the hike you may as well continue on the bus route to Arrowtown to explore the historic town and have some pub grub and a well deserved beer.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Where: The track starts about 10 minutes out of town but it's a steep, uninteresting walk even to get there so if you have a car we recommend driving to the start. The track is well marked on maps.me (other offline maps are available!)
The path is steep and winding but well maintained and easy to follow. Most of it is covered with trees but you get a sneak preview of the views every now and again. Most people head up there for sunset and it really does not disappoint - especially with a beer in hand!
Duration: 1.5 hours return to car park including viewing time
Where: Take the left off Kingston Road signposted for Remarkables Ski Area and drive to Remarkables Ski Lodge car park, the tracks start behind this and they are well signposted.
Car required, preferably a 4WD but we made it in our little hire car and there were plenty of campers around. The road winds up the mountain with incredible views until the road stops and it turns to gravel for the last few kilometres. The actual hike to the lake is relatively easy depending on how far you want to explore around the lake, the water is crystal clear but freezing cold so don’t forget to take a dip if you’re brave enough! If you’ve still got plenty left in the tank after the Lake Alta hike, head to the remarkables viewpoint which is a much more taxing hike but the views are incredible.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Where: Drive 15 minutes out of town towards Glenorchy or take bus Number 1 to Arthur's Point. Turn right off the main road when signposted for Moke Lake then follow the road all the way to the car park.
The path is easy to follow around the lake and makes for the perfect evening stroll. It’s also a great place to go stargazing on a clear night as the starlight reflects serenely on the blue lake water. If you are without a car fear not as you can take the number 1 bus to Arthur’s Point and follow the moonlight trail to Moke Lake but be aware that this is a much more strenuous walk and will take most of the day.