Lake Alta Track

Lake Alta Track



5 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

254 Walking

36 Queenstown Township

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Marios Gavalas

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Lake Alta
View from the stream
Breath taking views, definitely Remarkable!
Remarkables Ski area buildings & start of Walk
Remarkables Ski area


3 km return | 1 hour 30 minutes return

Walk through the Remarkables ski field lift system to a perfect alpine lake.


From Queenstown, cross the Kawerau River on SH6 towards Kingston and turn left at the junction to the Remarkables ski field.

The access road winds up nearly 1000 metres, the last few kms unsealed. Stop at Windy Point lookout and continue to the parking area by the base building.

There’s a map of the summer terrain. Take a close look and head up the steps.


The track follows the ski field road to the top of the Alta Chair lift. This section is a wide metalled road.

A signposted junction then leads to the track proper, a narrow, winding single-file snake over the schist. Interpretation panels give details on the natural history and tell a story of the life up here.

The track concludes beside and above the blue waters of the lake, with the schist peaks pointing skywards as a backdrop.

Return via the same track.


The Remarkables are a schistose range harbouring unique biota.


Bogs, cushion communities, alpine plants and tussocks are all up here. The interpretation panels are some of the best presented of anywhere.


Insects, moths, crickets and lizards thrive in these harsh alpine zones. So close to such annihilation of their habitat by the ski field infrastructure. But they seem to co-habit just fine.


Feature Value Info


South IslandQueenstown RegionQueenstown Township


  • Walking
  • Free



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C Clarke

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely scenic drive up to the Remarkables Ski Area carpark, good public toilet facilities. Walk up to Lake Alta is stunning with tracks through bogs and streams - signs posts could be clearer.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Ranking: 8/10

Easy walk through the ski area with a beautiful blue lake at the end (you have to climb a little if you want to see the blue colour of the lake).

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Judith & John Bishop

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Short spectacular alpine track to a small pristine mountain lake. The track is only a short not too grunty climb to the top edge of the lake which is nestled behind the top of the Remarkables. You can go further - the views are amazing. On a clear day Mt Cook is visible in the distance.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Nick Morrison

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