Queenstown’s premier viewpoint. And you can even get the gondola to do some of the work.
This is definitely a fine weather only track. You’re up in the mountains here and weather can change very quickly. An icy wind can come any time of year and the top ridge is very exposed.
The start of the track is signposted from behind the luge at the top of the gondola.
After exiting the pines, the track follows a gully of wilding pines heading towards the saddle (1h 30 minutes) between Ben Lomond and Bowen Peak.
From here the track steepens and becomes rocky and uneven as it ascends towards the lookout at the summit (1748m).
The summit area is quite small but has panoramic views over the whole Wakatipu area, Mount Aspiring / Tititea and the Remarkables.
Ben Lomond is a pyramid, standing sentinel on the Queenstown skyline.
The Douglas fir forests were originally planted in the early 1900s by well-meaning local pharmacist Louis Hotop as a beautification project. The American natives now spread like wildfire and measures are in place to limit their spread through local community groups, council and business.
James Boyne wrote an account of climbing Ben Lomond in 1886. His experiences from the day included finding a brown paper bag with biscuits in it, left by some Good Samaritan at the saddle. Even at this date, their inscriptions on the summit rocks were already latecomers in the annals of those who recorded their passing.
The mountain was named after it’s namesake loch and peak in Scotland by early shepherd Duncan McAusland.
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Beautiful hike. Go up early to avoid the crowds. Great view over the Queenstown area and lake on one side and southern alpes on the other side. The way up is demanding for sure but not overly hard.
Good day out, leave early, at least by 0700.
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Very nice day walk. It says around 7 hours to return but it is possible to make it in 5 hours. Very cold on the top so good/warm equipment required. Maybe a little bit too crowded after lunch.
Gielis and Anne
Beautiful walk up to the Ben Lomond Summit. The walk is uphill all the time, but in a doable way. The last hour is steep but you will be rewarded with stunning views and Keas.
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Tough days walking but amazing views at the top. Paths are well maintained. A good strenuous walk for modestly fit people.
Strenuous walk from the start. However, it is rewarded with great views.
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Hike was steep as entered from the ground. However, beautiful views. Also really busy but a really good length of hike.
I did this walk in the winter when the DOC said that crampons should be worn and I was wearing Converse so I found it very challenging. The view from the top is very rewarding. I think it would be quite achievable for most in Summer.
One of the better day hikes out of Queenstown. Fair bit of deviation gain and the view is spectacular in every direction.
A hard track but so worth it!
In the beginning we had a bit of trouble to find the access point for this trail, but then it was a nice tour with nice views, though we did not have the best weather.
Very scenic, at least when the weather is good. Tough walk, badly signposted, but all trails lead to Ben Lomond at the end. Start at the end of Thompson Street or Wynyard Crescent. Took us 5 hours return (fast walking).
Nice hike but a lot of people along the way - also some people without hiking experience so that stones were falling down on the way - luckily nobody was standing there.
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