SHORT WALKS AND HIKES
10-40min return, located in the heart of Queenstown.
This easy stroll allows you to wonder the beautiful gardens in the heart of the city centre. Stop and let your nose smell the soft perfumes of the various flowers including a numerous number of different color roses, sit and watch the ducklings following suit behind their parents at the duck pond or stop and sit on the lakes edge looking upon the beautiful mountain backdrop.
40-60min return, located 7kms from the Lodge.
Bob's Cove (Te Punatapu, the sacred waters) offers a stunning lakeshore walk, historic sites, swimming beaches and fishing. The cove was a campsite for Maori on the greenstone / pounamu trail to the head of the lake. In the 1870s, seven limekilns were built here to burn limestone for building mortar and agricultural fertiliser. One intact kiln can still be seen alongside the track. Native red beech / tawhi raunui was extensively logged for this industry and gum trees were planted to provide future firewood. A beautiful walk to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air or a romantic hideaway on the lake edge for a private lunch or for the daring, a summer swim. This walk can be linked to the Twelve Mile Delta for an extended walk.
Twelve Mile Delta
1½ hours one way, located 9kms from the Lodge
This beautiful walking trail follows along the shore of Lake Wakatipu with breathtaking lake views meandering through native bush. Budding geologists will delight in the ancient marine sediments found between Bob's Cove - Picnic Point and Twelve Mile Creek. Fossils of oyster shells, other molluscs and algae can be found at Farry's Beach. Kowhai, fuchsia and rata trees border Lake Wakatipu with feeding nectar-loving birds such as bellbirds and Tui a common sight during the warmer months. The tender shoots of the flowering kowhai and fuchsia trees are also being eaten by the Kereru, our native pigeon. The track also passes through one of Wakatipu’s last remaining mature stands of red beech.
Moke Lake Loop
2-3 hours return, located approximately 15-20kms from the Lodge
This popular short, flat walk through grassland goes right around the entire lake offering magical mirror-imaged views of the surrounding mountains and lake. A short boardwalk at the southern end protects small wetlands with various stunning locations for a sun soaked picnic. This walk can be extended to include Lake Dispute and/or Mt Crichton Loop-Sam Summer’s Hut.
4-6 hours return (4 mi / 6.4 km hike), full day return trip to Glenorchy.
From Glenorchy, this day walk takes you through beautiful mature red beech forest, crosses Sugarloaf Stream and then begins a gradual climb past a spectacular gorge then following the Routeburn River to the Routeburn Flats. The flats are located within a wonderful mountain amphitheatre. Enjoy lunch before your return journey. This is a good walk for the moderately fit.
For the more adventurous extend the walk by 2 miles return and a steep climb to reach the Routeburn Falls Hut. For those who make the effort they are rewarded with views of the falls and back down the Routeburn valley.
MT CRICHTON LOOP - SAM SUMMER’S HUT
2-3 hours return (3.5 mi / 5.6 km hike), half day return trip near the Lodge.
A short 20 minute climb through beech forest with views from the top of Lake Wakatipu and Lake Dispute starts your walk through spectacular Central Otago scenery. The track then descends to 12 Mile Creek and Sam Summers Hut, an old stone hut dating back to the early settlers. The track then follows along the floor of an extensive sluiced gully. At the head of the gully a short sidetrack leads to a tailrace rock fissure which has been blasted into the solid schist rock to view 12 Mile Creek. For the moderately fit this is a fantastic trip, and the trail head is only minutes from the Lodge.
2-3hrs return (4 mi / 6.4 km hike), half day return trip to Arrowtown.
For the moderately to very fit, this hike begins at the historic town of Arrowtown, 20 minutes drive from Queenstown. Starting with a visit to the old Chinese miner’s camp situated beside Bush Creek, the hike follows along Bush Creek for ¾ of a mile to a 30 minute steep climb up a spur on an old pack track through larch forest to open tussock with great views back over the Wakatipu Basin. The track then descends Sawpit Gully past an old stone cottage following down a spur to the Arrow River gorge. The hike follows the Arrow River back to Arrowtown.