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The Ben Lomond Track


The Ben Lomond Track rises over 1,400 metres to the 1,748 metre summit, and offers stunning panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding region.

Cecil and Walter Peaks and The Remarkables are in full view, and on a clear day Mounts Aspiring and Earnslaw may be visible in the distance.

Your climb takes you through forests, then on to alpine tussocks, and glorious views.

How to access the Ben Lomond Track

There are three track access points near the centre of town at:

  • the Tiki Trail which begins at the top of Brecon Street beside the Skyline Gondola base station.
  • next to the Fern Hill roundabout at One Mile Creek
  • the bottom or top of Skyline Access Road

Please refer to the map which you can download here.

Queenstown Hiking Ben Lomond Courtesy queenstownnz.co.nz

Track details

The Ben Lomond track offers two options. Both are steep and require a high fitness level.

The hike to Ben Lomond Saddle takes 3-4 hours return, and climbs more than 1,300 metres to the saddle..

The track to Ben Lomond Summit takes 6-8 hours return. The section after the saddle becomes steeper and more challenging as you approach the 1,748 metre summit.

In winter you will need to carry an ice axe and crampons.

Queenstown Ben Lomond Track. Pic Courtesy TNZ

More information on the Ben Lomond Track

For more information please refer to the Department of Conservation track page here.

Queenstown Ben Lomond Track. Image Courtesy DOC Dept. of Conservation

What's in the region?

The Southern Lakes region, which includes the resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka, is without doubt one of New Zealand's most beautiful regions.

Time flashes by here. There's just so much to see and do, and life centres around the stunning lakes and alps.

Wonderful walks, wineries, great food, and a huge range of activities (with everything from "mild" to "wild") ensure that you will never be left wondering "what to do next".

A few favourites of ours

* ride the gondola to the Skyline complex on Bob's Peak Queenstown. Stunning views, a restaurant, cafe, gift shop, bungy jumping, bike trails and the famous luge are all part of the Skyline experience.

* take a ride on the historic steamship the TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown. Options include a lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station, a working farm. A great relaxing way to enjoy some wonderful scenery.

* stroll along the lakefront in Wanaka. Walk out on to the small jetty in front of the town and look for the huge trout swimming below.

* the family will love Puzzling World at Wanaka. Lots of interactive fun. An easy place to spend a day playing.

* have a game of golf on one of the regions many courses. We can speak from experience and say that it's difficult to concentrate on your golf when you are constantly distracted by the scenery.

* feed the trout and eels at Queenstown Underwater Observatory. Great fun for the kids.

* pick up some local arts and crafts at the Queenstown markets. A great relaxed feel and lots of local produce.