Moke Lake Loop Track

Moke Lake Loop Track

Moke Lake Loop Track

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14 Rankers Reviews

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Marios Gavalas

Author And Researcher

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I'm Marios, delivering the best of Aotearoa's nature walks to your device.

I've personally walked hundreds of New Zealand's tracks and spent months in libraries uncovering interesting information on New Zealand/Aotearoa. And you'll find a slice of that research on this page - enjoy!

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approx 7 km return | 2-3 hours return

Although Queenstown and all the bustle is only a short drive away, you would never know it up here. Typical pointed schist hills, a few sheep and a tranquil lake.

Timing

The access road is narrow and not recommended in spring or winter conditions.

Access

From Queenstown follow the Glenorchy Road for 6 km from the Fernhill roundabout and turn right into Moke Lake Road. This becomes unsealed, passes Lake Kirkpatrick and crosses several cattle stops as it enters the land of Ben Lomond Station. It is narrow and not recommended in spring or winter conditions.

Track

The track is signposted 1 km from before the campground, but it is better to park at the campground and start from there. Follow the road to the signpost, cross the stile and follow the boardwalks. The track is easy to see on the far side of the lake. After about 20 minutes you can take a short detour to the snout in the lake, with a nice stand of beech forest.

The views on the way round take in the Williamson spur to the east, the flats of Moke Creek, which winds around Ben Lomond (hidden from view). The pinnacle of Bob’s Peak is the centrepiece.

Geology

Moke Lake occupies a hollow in the upper terraces above the main Wakatipu glaciers.

European History

The area was used in Jane Campion’s TV drama Top of the Lake.

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Feature Value Info

Location

South IslandQueenstown RegionQueenstown Township

Categories

  • Walking
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Reviews

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Emilio Peretto

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely views and mountain. The DOC walk is amazing.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Mariano Martin

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful circular walk around the lake.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ambar Du

Argentina

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice views and walk. The lake and the mountain make this place paradise.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Augustina Fernandez

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing DOC site and walk, 6km walk/run, the best of the South Island.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Becky Fox

England

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome views, nice walk through the valley around a lake, sheltered.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Damien Bernard

France

Ranking: 10/10

Calm lake surrounded by mini alps reminding me of my hometown. Watching the local shepherd working on their sheep with dogs was my first exciting experience and worth my time to wait and watch.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Diego Casanova

Chile

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely lake with a walk around it. Super peaceful and with beautiful reflections of the mountains around it. Great place to stay the night too!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Andy Eaton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing DOC site and walk. 6km walk/run is one of the best we did in the South Island.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ceri Eaton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful circular walk around the lake. Lovely views of the lake and mountains.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ludovica Velo

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Paradise! A small lake with nothing around, just mountains, fields and the lake. You can walk around it or ride your bike, it is the most peaceful place ever.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Tobias

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful landscape, I hope for more nice walks there in the future.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Charlotte Casey

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place to spend an afternoon.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lucie

France

Ranking: 10/10

1 hour 30 min walk. So nice!!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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