Lady taking picture at top of Mt Crichton loop looking over Lake Dispute onto Lake Wakatipu in the distance
Guide and lady starting climb up Mt Crichton track. Native Beech tree in foreground
Afternoon tea at the magical Wilson's bay
Hiking group at Wilson's bay on way home enjoying some afternoon tea and feeding the ducks while overlooking Cecil Peak and Walter Peak's
Guide and lady walking through a beautiful natural archway of native Beech trees

Queenstown Hikes Mining and Mountain Hike

Your day begins with a scenic drive along the Glenorchy Highway, stopping briefly at 12 mile delta which was one of the campsite's in The Lord of Rings trilogy. Next stop your adventure begins exploring the fascinating Mining and Mountain hike.

The walk takes you on a journey through native Beech forest winding up along the scenic 12 mile creek towards a once thriving mining site. This is a great opportunity to learn about the 1862 gold rush, take time to explore the impressive rock fissure once used as a tail race. Further on we arrive at an authentic miners hut built in the 1930's by Sam Summers who lived and mined there until his death. Make sure you look out for the magical waterfall, a great opportunity for all you photographers out there. We then zigzag up to elevated views over Lake Dispute and Lake Wakatipu, you won't be disappointed by the breathtaking view.

On the homeward stretch you'll find yourself winding back down amongst native Manuka catching glimpses of Mt Crichton as you go. The final part of the journey takes you to a well deserved afternoon tea at Wilson's Bay overlooking Cecil and Walter Peaks. A great opportunity for more photos and feeding our feathered friends.

The Mining and Mountain hike is approximately a 8km loop track requiring moderate fitness levels and is not suitable for children under 10.

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