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Great track with changing scenery

An excellent 3 hour loop trail best done anti-clockwise. First part of the walk goes through forest... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
Albany, Western Australia
A super, short and beautiful hike with history...

This is a nice short hike with some undulating hills and lots of shade. It meanders up to Sam's... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a relatively easy hike, mostly through the forest, with a river running nearby for most of it, with fast water and rocks. You cross over on a bridge and there's an impressive waterfall near the end.

Thank ari405
Reviewed 10 April 2018

An excellent 3 hour loop trail best done anti-clockwise. First part of the walk goes through forest that seems to be badly affected by some sort of sooty mould but offers good mountain views along the way as you are constantly climbing, eventually coming out...More

1  Thank ferrellius
Reviewed 4 April 2018

This is a nice short hike with some undulating hills and lots of shade. It meanders up to Sam's Hut, an old miners shack. The hike is quiet and not heavily tramped so it is a lovely half day hike or less hike. There is...More

Thank Junebughiker
Reviewed 1 April 2018

this hike is fantastic, not super rigorous and gives you both some very special woodland views and open and expansive landscapes that this area is famous for. took us about 2 hours at a pretty fast pace. we had a guide, which I would recommend...More

Thank LPB_10
Reviewed 31 March 2018

There’s much discussion about the “best“ way to do this circular walk – but I’m not sure it makes a huge difference. If you go anticlockwise, the track starts fairly steep for a while before levelling off, and towards the end, the path has a...More

2  Thank Martin M
Reviewed 24 March 2018

Lovely, well maintained trail - some steep and some level spots but shade always available. Beautiful views of Lake Dispute and Wakatipu. A plus is the stop at the Sam Summers Hut along the way. Helps one appreciate the stamina and resourcefulness of a gold...More

Thank travlbug
Reviewed 18 March 2018

A really beautiful loop track, just outside of Queenstown, on the Glenorchy Road. The sign says it will take 2-4 hours. We completed this track in about 3 hours, stopping at the top for 15-20 minutes to admire the absolutely beautiful view. As recommended by...More

Thank twinster2
Reviewed 13 March 2018

This track starts with a lot of uphill walking, but YES it's worth it. Fantastick views along the track, and a big plus that it's a loop track.

Thank keda001
Reviewed 13 March 2018

We were the only car in the car park when we hiking about 10:00 am and met only two people on the first half of the loop. By the time we finished, there were 15 cars in the park and we were meeting people regularly...More

Thank Larry P
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Loved it! The track is well indicated. You spend a long time in the forest which is great on a sunny day. Beautiful views and not too hard of a walk. Perfect.

Thank Natty974
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