Nature & parks in Queenstown

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  • Sandy
    Levin, New Zealand7 contributions
    Green, gold and white. Make sure you hike to the summit to get even greater views! There is also a fairy forest along the way and make sure you look out for wild deer.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Mike M
    2 contributions
    Beautiful views all around, we were lucky with the weather in that we had clear skies and fresh snow on the mountains
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • Brian B
    Taupo, New Zealand2 contributions
    After a week of chasing birds around Fiordland and Stewart Island it was great to be able to confirm so many of my sightings here
    Written 14 March 2022
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  • Phil-Joel
    Sydney, Australia524 contributions
    If your in Queenstown for a few days & have a little spare time, a walk through is definitely worthwhile.

    It’s an easy stroll, close to town & provides panoramic views.
    Written 14 August 2022
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  • Chrissy
    Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
    Recommend talking time to go up the Ben Lomond Track. It was nice to be out and about in Pure nature. Didn't find the walk hard at all. The views are amazing and worth the hike. Suggest taking the gondola up to the luge and start from there to save the legs.
    Written 23 December 2021
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  • belinda
    Sydney99 contributions
    We booked the 3 day Intro to Snow Package with lessons, rentals and lift passes included. Lockers were $10/day and NZ Ski Bus Express $20 return/day.

    As beginners we enjoyed the four beginners areas and magic carpet conveyers. The instructors were helpful and a great group of people in the lessons each day. I’m glad we went with the lessons. We didn’t venture beyond the beginners slopes due to our skill level but took the chairlift up for some sightseeing and beautiful mountain top views over Queenstown. We were lucky with the weather, sunny and relatively warm with good snow. However it was pretty crowded, in particular when it was raining in town and Coronet Peak was closed due to its lower altitude, a lot more people headed to the Remarkables.

    The NZ Ski Bus Express to the Remarkables lets this whole experience down. It is an ordeal, it’s a minimum 50 minute wait in line for the bus no what what time you get there, the earliest we got there was 7.10am and we were on the snow 9.30am. 7.15am line up, on snow 9.50am. When we lined up 7.30am we weren’t on the snow till 10.15am after getting all our rental gear, and were late to our 10.00am lesson. I met one person who lined up from 6.20am to get on the first bus. While the first bus is scheduled to leave at 8am, it does tend to leave a little earlier than 8am. They definitely need more buses and/or drivers. The queue starts behind the Snow Centre opposite the Sofitel and wraps around the corner. Everything would be so much enjoyable if you could hop straight on a bus for a 45 minute drive up to the mountain.

    Once up on the mountain, I would recommend heading straight to getting fitted for your rental gear, boots, boards/skis and locker as fast as possible. As pretty quickly there is a line up for rental gear. And same on the way down, as soon as your lesson finishes 3.30pm, return all your gear quickly to get in the line up for the return trip, otherwise you will be waiting longer in line for buses as they fill up. We didn’t bother with the overnight storage of rental gear due to the queue, we found it quicker to return and re-hire the next day.

    The NZ Ski Bus Hotel pick up was sold out on my dates. I also tried the Info & Snow bus which also sold out. I would say the Hotel pick up bus is worth the extra money if you don’t want to line up for an hour just to get to the mountain. But you would need to book early. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and waited in line for an hour down in town only to drive back up and pick up pre-booked hotel pick up customers at the Holiday Inn. Though on the way back all the buses seem to operate as a hotel drop off and we were able to get off at the Holiday Inn Express each day.

    I would say while some people were wearing masks on board the Ski Bus, most people were not wearing masks and mask wearing was not recommended or enforced by the drivers. I am very cautious about wearing a mask on public transport and indoors but I still got covid in Queenstown.

    When I looked at going in July the Ski bus was on a stop sale, they stopped selling bus tickets, as they had 7 bus drivers off work with covid and couldn’t meet the demand. On my last day in the snow they said a lot of instructors had called in sick with covid or flu.

    The cafeteria was small for the amount of people on the mountain and lunchtime was packed. The food offerings weren’t looking great so we just opted for the pricey $13 vegetarian sushi each day. More accessible water fountains are need to keep hydrated while being active and in lessons.
    Written 19 August 2022
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  • elinzme
    Singapore, Singapore198 contributions
    Lovely mountain and fortunately, we visited on a day with good powder. The runs were fun, although the resort is not very big. Staff were friendly. The blue runs were also very skiable for skiers like myself who aren’t too experienced. I haven’t been able to do blue runs at most other resorts. I’d have given a 5 star rating if not for the crowd and parking issues - had to carry equipment on a long walk from the resort to Carpark. Still, I would come back again.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • PS00011
    Sedona, AZ219 contributions
    Really fun trail. We walked up and then back down. The walk up is definitely hardest at the beginning, where you have to navigate around roots, rocks, etc. while going up a steep grade. Once you get past that --probably the first quarter of the trail , it is more of a normal trail, but still steep in most places. But really pretty. We got up in 50 minutes.

    At the top, there are great views and a cafe, or just places to sit and chill which was nice.

    On the way down, it had rained so was a tiny bit slippery, but otherwise it was fine. But it is a workout, as you have to navigate down those same roots and steps. Definitely a leg workout on the way down, especially in that final 25% of the trail.

    Really fun though. However, if you're not used to hiking regularly I would plan to take your time and be sure to wear reasonable hiking shoes or sneakers.

    We recently did the QT Hill Time Walk, which is another great short hike in town. That one IMO had much better views plus it was just a slog up the hill, without all the roots and rocks to work around. Both great options!
    Written 12 April 2021
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  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand801 contributions
    Absolutely stunning place, not to far on a gravel road to a beautiful doc site with a lake that so clear we had to swim in it. Cool but not freezing. Inviting place to camp so we will be back - need a little bug spray.
    Written 12 February 2022
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  • NZcurl
    10 contributions
    Biked Arrowtown to ‘Bungy Bridge’ with 7 year old and stunning views, great track. Did it the old fashioned way with push bikes, not e-bike, and was easy with ups and downs.
    Written 20 January 2022
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    We were driven through a steep windy road, around Lake Alta for beautiful scenery and blue green water, surrounded by mountains with great views.
    Written 3 February 2021
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  • MissTinkerbelle
    Christchurch, New Zealand169 contributions
    Surrounded by the autumn leaves this clear running water was a delight to be around- there was even a guy fully submerged with a snorkel looking for gold.
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • Toni H
    Dunedin, New Zealand57 contributions
    loved this walk - we enjoyed the climb, the beautiful sound of the water falls and birds as we walked. we added on the extension to moke and dispute lakes. Definitely worth a visit.
    Written 16 August 2020
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  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand448 contributions
    Great walk just off the Glenorchy road, well worth a walk to the picnic spot at the top of a very steep hill. Not suitable for pushchairs or people with any walking problems due to the uneven ground getting to the top, but the view is amazing. Good amount of parking of the highway.
    Written 4 December 2020
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  • Tim A
    1 contribution
    A fantastic family hike over two nights / three days. Used Easy Hike to relocate our car from The Divide to the Greenstone car park. Easy Hike provided excellent service and advice at a reasonable cost.
    Written 12 January 2022
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