Get active in Queenstown this summer!Not many places can claim to be a great destination all year round, regardless of the season, but whether you visit Queenstown in the coldest depths of winter or on the hottest summer’s day, you won’t know where to begin with more than 200 activities and adventures to choose from. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world, known for its adrenalin fuelled activities but for lovers of walking and hiking, Queenstown has some equally world-renowned natural attractions to be explored on foot. Visit during summer to avoid hiking through the snow and be treated to some incredible views, swimming pools, wildlife and (of course) photo opps.
Climb the Ben Lomond Summit
Easily accessible from Queenstown is the Ben Lomond walk, ideal for when you first arrive in town, as the breath-taking panoramic views of Queenstown, the lake and mountains will help you get your bearings and set the standard for what is sure to be an awe-inspiring trip. Choose from the 4 hour hike through native beech forests to Ben Lomond Saddle or for the regular hikers the 6-8 hour hike to Ben Lomond Summit is worth every step of the steep incline. Choose a clear day and you’ll even be treated to views of Mount Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi and Aspiring/Tititea.
Experience the ‘Finest Walk in the World’
Traversing the heart of the South Island’s wild fiord country, the Milford Track has long been described as ‘the finest walk in the world’. Take up this 5 day hiking challenge and follow the footsteps of the pioneers through the Fiordland National Park to end at the majestic Milford Sound, experiencing the fiordland at its most spectacular. We recommend a guided tour led by experts who not only keep safe, but guide you through the rich history of the track and point out all the local wildlife along the way, taking you on so much more than just a physical journey. During summer you not only get fine summer days but also cascading waterfalls treating you to some incredible photos.
Reach Roy’s Peak
Roy’s Peak is one of the most popular day trips from Queenstown and for good reason, the summit reaches 1,578 metres above sea level and affords you with 360 degrees of incredible views. Although only open from November 10 due to lambing, this is definitely a summer activity so bring plenty of sunscreen. Some parts of the hike are steep so it can take anything from 3-6 hours depending on your fitness level. The hike takes you around the eastern side of the mountain and encourages you with views all the way to the summit. There is a saddle and lookup on the way up with views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring so you can turn back here if needed, but the viw from the summit is out of this world.
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