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Queenstown Hill Time Walk

Located in the heart of Queenstown, the Queenstown Hill Time Walk is one of the most popular and accessible walks in the region. 

The demanding 1.5km walk up Te Tapunui is built to show the past, present and future of Queenstown. Along the track are 6 information plates and illustrations about different time periods in Queesntown's history including Maori settlements, the goldrush and the development of Queenstown to Adventure Capital of the World. 

The track winds through pine forest as you climb, before breaking out above the treeline where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, parts of Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau river. At the top is the infamous 'Basket of Dreams' sculpture.

  • Duration: 2-3 hours return
  • Best time to go: Year round. In Winter there may be snow so make sure to wear walking shoes that have good grip.
  • Location: Central Queenstown
  • Start/finish point:  

    The starting point for the Queenstown Hill Time Walk is located at a small car park off Belfast Terrace in Queenstown, not far from the city centre. 

    The car park and start of the walk are marked by a Queenstown Lakes District Council sign.
  • Difficulty: Medium to high fitness required

Queenstown Hill Time Walk is a Council managed track which crosses lease land. Please respect the landowner's property and stay on the trail at all times.

Before you set out, always make sure you're prepared for any sudden changes in weather. Know these five simple outdoor safety rules before you go.

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