Queenstown Hill rises 500 meters above the town and provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lake. Queenstown Hill is also known as Te Tapu-nui or "mountain of intense sacredness". This track is a great choice if you are short on time or not looking for anything too challenging. Near the top there is an interesting piece of artwork called the "Basket of Dreams". The basket is a spiral of metal on a stone foundation. An enscribed plaque is located nearby with a poem from the artist. Further up the hill you will be rewarded with great views of the surrounding mountains. From this vantage point you can look over the lake and down into town.
Getting ThereThe track begins from the parking area on Belfast St. When driving through into or out of town you will see brown signs pointing uphill. These signs will direct you to the parking area.
Route OverviewWhile Queenstown hill has only one route there are many variations. The views from the summit area are spectacular for this fun, short walk. Depending on route variation and ability this track takes 2-3 hours.
Queenstown Hill Track: This track quickly climbs up the steep slope. The track is well maintained and easy to follow. There are a few places where you can vary this route but they all end up at the same place. Following the green and yellow posts up you will find yourself on a summit where most people turn around. The true summit is actually down the dirt road and can be seen in the distance.
Views from the summit: