Arguably one of Queenstown’s best hikes, Queenstown Hill is home to the popular Queenstown Hill Time Walk, where informative placards provides an overview of Queenstown’s fascinating history. To native Maori, this hill was known as Te Tapu Nui, or mountain of intense sacredness, which makes sense considering the epic views you’ll get from the top.
Climbing over 1,500 feet in only 1.5 miles, the steep climb is rewarded by views looking out over Lake Wakatipu, as well as The Remarkables and Southern Alps that are often snowcapped in the distance.
Aside from hiking, ATV and quad bike tours are a popular way to visit, which crisscross over 15 miles of off-road trails on the hill.
The trailhead for Queenstown Hill is off Belfast Terrace about 1 mile from downtown. Be sure to bring water and have proper walking shoes, and the trail can often be snow covered in winter. Allow 2-3 hours round-trip for the hike, and bring extra layers since the temperature at the top is much chillier than the bottom.
Did You Know: Near the top of the walking trail, there’s a steel sculpture called “Basket of Dreams” which encourages visitors to look inwards at themselves and the time we are here on the Earth.