Queenstown Hill Walk

A visual guide on what you'll see on the popular hill walk from the Queenstown town centre.

The Queenstown Hill Walk begins from Belfast Street close to the town centre.  The return walk should take around 3 hours to complete.  Although fairly steep in places, the walk provides sweeping views of Queenstown, the alpine scenery and Lake Wakatipu.   

Along the walking track there are 6 information plates and illustrations about various time periods in Queenstown's history including the goldruch, Maori settlements and the development of the town into the premier adventure resort of New Zealand. 

Beginning the climb up.  

Walking through Douglas Fir forest.  The track is well formed and easy to follow.

Take the opportunity to rest your legs with a seat and enjoy the views on the way up.

Nearing the top as you approach the 'Basket of Dreams'.
The panoramic view from 'The Basket of Dreams'.  Enjoy views of the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, parts of Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River.

Reaching the summit with incredible views of Lake Wakatipu.

Walking Tips:

  • The 1.5km steep walk will take between 2 and 3 hours return.
  • Wear appropriate footwear - e.g. trainers / trail runners / hiking shoes.
  • Take water with you
  • Tale layered clothing  - it can get very windy at the top.