Queenstown Hill

Also known as Te Tapu-nui

The walk up Queenstown Hill not only offers great views over the Queenstown region, but also provides a Queenstown history lesson. Informational panels guide you along a Queenstown ‘time walk’, and then culminate in the ‘Basket of Dream’ millenium sculture. You will also pass through Douglas fir forests and see rowan, macrocarpa, eucalyptus and larch growing on the hill.

The walk starts form Belfast Terrace in Queenstown, which is within walking distance from the Queenstown CBD. We advise you get to obtain and up to date weather and track information from the Queenstown DOC office before embarking on this walk.

List Status Official
Elevation 907 m (2,976 ft)
Location/List South Island, New Zealand
Region Otago/Southland
Location Coordinates 45° 0′ 33″ S, 168° 41′ 32″ E
Nearest Town/s Queenstown
Translation Te Tapu-nui: mountain of intense sacredness
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2-3 hours (return)
Distance 8.9 km (5.5 mi)
Start/End Points Belfast Street, Queenstown
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Rocky surface
Season Help.gif November to April
Sights Lakes , Views over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, Cecil Peak & The Remarkables; ‘Time Walk’ and ‘Basket of Dreams’
Hazards Snow in winter

Google Earth Map

NZ Topographic Map

Height Profile

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For car hire, you can book from Snap Rentals- with pickup locations at Auckland Airport, Auckland City, Christchurch Airport, Queenstown Airport, and Queenstown Town Centre
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