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Explore spectacular short walks trails for all ages and abilities

A trip to Queenstown isn’t complete without getting out on a trail, stretching your legs, and breathing in that crisp mountain air. We might be biased, but we reckon the best short walks in the South Island of New Zealand are in Queenstown.

If you’ve only got a few hours to fill between adventures, here’s your guide to the best short walks in and around Queenstown. When you walk in the mountains, short doesn’t always mean easy, so we’ve included relaxed lakeside ambles and short but steep hillside scrambles.

Discover some of Queenstown's spectacular short walks below.