Ben Lomond Track

Ben Lomond Track

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Raphaele

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Dale Simpson

South Africa

Ranking: 9/10

Good day out, leave early, at least by 0700.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Rachael Sleege

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Gielis and Anne

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Josh Mills

England

Ranking: 9/10

Tough days walking but amazing views at the top. Paths are well maintained. A good strenuous walk for modestly fit people.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Oliver Francis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Strenuous walk from the start. However, it is rewarded with great views.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Natasha

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Hike was steep as entered from the ground. However, beautiful views. Also really busy but a really good length of hike.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Dylan Dorman

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Clayton Helzer

United States

Ranking: 8/10

One of the better day hikes out of Queenstown. Fair bit of deviation gain and the view is spectacular in every direction.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Nanda Dyke

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

A hard track but so worth it!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anke Vater

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Joerg

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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).

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Isabel

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Holly Cooper

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well marked track with excellent views of Queenstown lakes.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ellie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

More challenging than Queenstown Hill but by far more rewarding hike up to the gondola. If you carry on past the gondola, on your return you will wonder why everyone is excited about the view from the gondola top!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Helen Hazelwood

England

Ranking: 9/10

First hike in New Zealand! We did it at the end of winter so lots of snow. Incredible views at the top.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Max

Ranking: 10/10

Went up to the summit and through a layer of clouds to reach the sunny peak. Reminds me of the alpine version of Roy's Peak (a bit more demanding and more narrower path). Awesome and far views from the top. A cool and cheap activity for Queenstown! (Track be shortened via gondola).

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Patrick Edwards

England

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk, worth the climb, the view was insane.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Markus Johannes

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

You will make the right choice by doing this track. Search the internet for more information about it. It is hard, so start early and take plenty of water. When you reach the summit on a good day it is an incredible feeling!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Danica Vrsaljko

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views from up top (1700m), not an easy walk but definitely worth the effort! Recommend!!! Takes 7-8 hours return.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Julie

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I walked to the saddle. The track is easy to follow, nearly all up hill but well worth it for the amazing views over the lake and mountains.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Stefanie

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk, spectacular view.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Anna Guzewiez

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk with beautiful view around, not so hard, not dangerous in summer and can be a challenge in winter.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mike Gemmill

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Great views of the city and lake, very clean trail.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Francois Marchar

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great view on top.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Madeleine Mueller

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Do not pay money for the cable car, walk up to the lookout. Enjoy the view over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. One hour one way.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Aoife Lillis

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Loop Track. Excellent viewpoints, in deep forest in between. Took about 30 minutes.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Ed & Katie Riches

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful hike, generally easy hiking but steep section up to the saddle and even steeper to the summit. Definitely aim for the saddle even if the summit is too much as the views of the Southern Alps are amazing.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Chris Muller

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Not marked out, difficult to find the trail at times.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Fasto Maserati

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful view.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Hendrik Behrens

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great views/exercise.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Lukis Haertel

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Long but sweet as.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Jess

England

Ranking: 10/10

Best day walk by far I have done in NZ. Make sure it is a clear day and carry plenty of food and water - you'll be rewarded by amazing 360 degree views. Stunning.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Richard

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Walk high above Queenstown for stunning views that put you miles beyond the hustle of Shotover Street.

Reviewed about 10 years ago