Queenstown Hill Time Walk

Queenstown Hill Time Walk

Queenstown Hill Time Walk


34 Rankers Reviews

32 Face-to-Face

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Marios Gavalas

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Views from Queenstown Hill
Sculptures on Queenstown Hill


9 km return | 3 hours return

A ‘lite’ version of Ben Lomond. With some artistic scope for reflection and good views up Lake Wakatipu.


There is a parking area on Belfast Terrace where the start of the track is signposted.

The access roads are all very steep and not suited to large campervans.


Climb steadily into the Douglas fir forest, entering through the Time Walk Gateway and poignant plaque. A series of interpretation panels guide you up the hill - this track was earmarked as a Millennium celebration so aims to spawn a reflection on past and future.

Shortly after the rock cairn fairy garden (you will get it when you see it), the track forks to form the loop.

Keeping right, soon after exiting forest the dramatic views unfold.

At the Basket of Dreams sculpture and alpine tarn (which reflects the peaks), the loop track continues straight ahead towards the lake.It then descends back to the forest to rejoin the main track.

To climb Queenstown Hill (907m) proper is a further 30 minutes return from the Basket of Dreams, heading up the hill further. These views are the best of the track.


Listen for the rustling of feral goats, browsing everything in sight.

European History

For the nations subscribing to the Christian Calendar, the Millennium was a turning point and celebrated in a variety of ways. Here, the Queenstown Hill Walk was renamed the Time Walk.


Feature Value Info


Queenstown Lakes District Council

Local government organisation


South IslandQueenstown RegionQueenstown Township


  • Walking
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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

26Oct18. Parts of this walk are very steep. Paths good. Great views when you get to the top.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sarah Horley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great view. 500m climb but easy path. Take suncream.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Laia Pujol


Ranking: 10/10

Interesting information about the Maori culture and the history of the area that makes the walk easier to the top of the hills where you can enjoy the great views.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Franziska Lobe


Ranking: 7/10

Nice track through the forest with a beautiful view of the city!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Saskia Irblich


Ranking: 7/10

The walk was really hard, but it was beautiful to walk through the forest. The view at the top was great.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Hailey S

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Free version of the gondola! Good family activity. Not too steep. Beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu and town. Well worth it. Carpark right by the start of the track. Also has a turn off to Basket of Dreams.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Pascale Lemieux


Ranking: 9/10

Easy access from a short walk from the town centre. Two options, the short walk up to the Basket of Dreams sculpture or a two hour longer walk that takes you up higher. Great view of the Remarkables and Wakatipu Lake. 2 thumbs up.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Daniel Idiart


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful view over the Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, the track is moderate, not difficult but you sweat enough to appreciate what you got at the end.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Floriane Desnoyer


Ranking: 9/10

Go up in the trees for 1 hour 30 minutes. It is a little boring but the views up there are totally worth it! Lake Wakatipu is just amazing!!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

A good afternoon stroll with wicked views of the lake and the Remarkables.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nadav Knoll


Ranking: 7/10

Nice view to the city, about 1.5 hours return.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Remi Lopez


Ranking: 9/10

Easy hike with a wonderful view of the lake and city at the top. Two to three hours return.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Saskia Luecke


Ranking: 9/10

Took us two hours to get up, we arrived exhausted as especially the beginning is really steep but was definitely worth it! Stunning views from the Summit! Bring your big jackets though, very windy and cold up there!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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