Queenstown Hill
Queenstown Hill
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  • Acineto
    Auckland Central, New Zealand23,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon stroll
    The hill is located on the far end of town towards the Village Green. There were road works when I was there so I had to take a bit of a detour around the Streets to get to the base. There are multiple road signs along the way to help you get to the starting point. Alternatively, there are car parks at the bottom so you are able to drive there too. The walk is uphill and the track is a combination of dirt, gravel and rocks. The first part is actually quite steep and can be a hard climb. It does get a bit less steep in the middle before getting steeper again. It also looks like there are trails for mountain bikes. There are information boards along the path which gives some information about the history of the place. Part way up the hill there is an interesting fairy village which was something unexpected. There is also a split in the path further up. They both lead to the Basket of Dreams. Go towards the lookout first as it can be easy to miss if you come from the other way, as I did. The Basket of Dreams is an interesting sculpture and it is another 15 minutes to get to the summit of the hill. There are more tracks at the summit but it leads into private land. I quite enjoyed the hike up the hill. It was actually harder than expected but still enjoyable. I was able to complete the walk in 1 hour 45 minutes as I was a bit pressed for time but still had enough time to take photos and take in the scenery.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Momelco
    Denver, Colorado558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning and Serene
    Beautiful hike! It was the perfect distance with just enough incline that it felt like I was getting a good workout. It took me about 90 minutes to do the loop - although I stopped to take A LOT of pictures. The trail was not overly crowded or heavily trafficked although it was a Friday afternoon. The trailhead is near downtown with a few parking spots available at the trailhead and additional street parking. There is a map at the entrance, which I’d suggest taking a picture of if you don’t have one of the trail apps on your phone. When you get towards the top of the loop, the path is a bit unclear as it looks like there are multiple directions you could take without signage. There are historical facts/sign postings throughout the trail. I knew there would be great views at the top, but I was pleasantly surprised by all of the goats roaming around - so cute!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 February 2024
  • JMR926
    Melbourne, Australia103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Views from Queenstown Hill
    Love Queenstown! The Queenstown Hill Loop Track is a 2-3 hour hike conveniently located close to town with 360 degree panoramic views from the summit. There is a viewing area just lower than the hill summit to take in the initial views and enjoy the cultural landmark, "Basket of Dreams" created by artist, Caroline Robinson. In my opinion, a reasonable level of fitness is required for this hike. There is a small carpark located at the trail head for those wishing to avoid the urban climb from town to the trail head.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
  • willjc95
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom499 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic walk with brilliant views
    The walk isn’t far from the town. We were lucky to get parked right at the bottom of the footpath. It took us around 1.5 hours to walk up to the top. Once we’d walked through the trees the views were brilliant. When you reach the top you can see right over the lake and down to the airport. Watching the planes taking off was very neat, you can see down to the runway and follow them climbing up and over the lake.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
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Zanna
Jakarta, Indonesia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The path is clear. It's an easy track in my opinion yet the view is still wonderful from the top of the hill. Perfect place to zoned out and just breath the fresh air.
Written 25 April 2024
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willjc95
Stourbridge, UK499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The walk isn’t far from the town. We were lucky to get parked right at the bottom of the footpath. It took us around 1.5 hours to walk up to the top. Once we’d walked through the trees the views were brilliant. When you reach the top you can see right over the lake and down to the airport. Watching the planes taking off was very neat, you can see down to the runway and follow them climbing up and over the lake.
Written 10 March 2024
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JMR926
Melbourne, Australia103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Love Queenstown!
The Queenstown Hill Loop Track is a 2-3 hour hike conveniently located close to town with 360 degree panoramic views from the summit.
There is a viewing area just lower than the hill summit to take in the initial views and enjoy the cultural landmark, "Basket of Dreams" created by artist, Caroline Robinson.
In my opinion, a reasonable level of fitness is required for this hike.
There is a small carpark located at the trail head for those wishing to avoid the urban climb from town to the trail head.
Written 10 March 2024
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Momelco
Denver, CO558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Beautiful hike! It was the perfect distance with just enough incline that it felt like I was getting a good workout. It took me about 90 minutes to do the loop - although I stopped to take A LOT of pictures. The trail was not overly crowded or heavily trafficked although it was a Friday afternoon.

The trailhead is near downtown with a few parking spots available at the trailhead and additional street parking. There is a map at the entrance, which I’d suggest taking a picture of if you don’t have one of the trail apps on your phone. When you get towards the top of the loop, the path is a bit unclear as it looks like there are multiple directions you could take without signage.

There are historical facts/sign postings throughout the trail. I knew there would be great views at the top, but I was pleasantly surprised by all of the goats roaming around - so cute!
Written 1 March 2024
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danielh5
Westfield, NJ95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Steep hike. Read the other reviews- fun if you are in decent physical condition with good knees. Walking from town to the base is almost vertical- steep sidewalks and stairs. The trail itself is well maintained, dirt and gravel with intermittent wooden stairs. Saw some goats along the way. Beautiful views. Bring enough water.
Written 20 December 2023
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Esclaw
Boston, MA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This was a great hike for a family afternoon activity. We are a family of four with two older teenagers (19 and 16). We often like to get out and do hikes on our vacations but never anything too crazy, so this was perfect. It is a consistent uphill grade - steeper than you may expect, and the first half at least, possibly 2/3 is super shaded in a dense forest. So it can be chilly. But when you break out on top above the trees it's amazing - and if it's sunny it's quite hot! Goats everywhere which is fun, and at least for us the flowers were blooming and amazing. Great views and plenty of space so you never feel like everyone is trying to cram on to the 'summit' as there are just a ton of 'summits'. Take water and a snack and be ready for stiff calfs the next day, but it's the perfect hike!
Written 20 December 2023
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand23,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The hill is located on the far end of town towards the Village Green. There were road works when I was there so I had to take a bit of a detour around the Streets to get to the base. There are multiple road signs along the way to help you get to the starting point. Alternatively, there are car parks at the bottom so you are able to drive there too.
The walk is uphill and the track is a combination of dirt, gravel and rocks. The first part is actually quite steep and can be a hard climb. It does get a bit less steep in the middle before getting steeper again. It also looks like there are trails for mountain bikes.
There are information boards along the path which gives some information about the history of the place. Part way up the hill there is an interesting fairy village which was something unexpected. There is also a split in the path further up. They both lead to the Basket of Dreams. Go towards the lookout first as it can be easy to miss if you come from the other way, as I did. The Basket of Dreams is an interesting sculpture and it is another 15 minutes to get to the summit of the hill. There are more tracks at the summit but it leads into private land.
I quite enjoyed the hike up the hill. It was actually harder than expected but still enjoyable. I was able to complete the walk in 1 hour 45 minutes as I was a bit pressed for time but still had enough time to take photos and take in the scenery.
Written 22 November 2023
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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA3,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I walked from my hotel so another mile each way. Parking for only 4 cars so go ahead and walk from your hotel… the hike isn’t that long.
Slippery trail so proper footwear.

Good elevation changes—-quite steep from city to trailhead. Continues steep for first 15 minutes or so. Friaries meeting place—ya just gotta see it. No views cause of the clouds and drizzle—saw a lil pond further so I’m walking to that too! Pond is empty but very loving messages on the dry ground—yep, ya gotta hike to it.

Go early, by 10ish, lotsa people.
Written 11 April 2023
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Nicki B
Masterton, New Zealand223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
What an amazing view at the top. It was a little steeper then expecting but worth the walk. Tracks are beautiful and so much to see along the way. Easy to find.
Written 10 April 2023
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mrandmrsbeas
Sydney, Australia536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples

The Queenstown Hill Time Walk is a 500-metre climb through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapu-nui. The track is easy to naviagte but will give you a good work out, At thhe lookout there is the 'Basket of Dreams' sculpture as well as information plates along the track.

It is worth the extra hike to the summit - the views were amazing. It was extremely windy and snow nearby but totally worth it!! Great views of all the surrounding mountains, the lake and Queenstown.

Free carparking in Belfast street. Recommended.

Written 24 March 2023
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