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Time Required : Ben Lomond Saddle: 2-3 hours
Ben Lomond Summit: About 6 hours

Ben Lomond Track , Queenstown Overview

With breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, the Ben Lomond Track in New Zealand is a popular hiking trail in the city with an elevation of around 1500 metres. It is a one day uphill climb beginning at the Douglas fir on Skyline Access Road or the Tiki Trail where hikers later have to pass through the alpine tussocks and shrubs to reach the Ben Lomond Saddle, Ben Lomond Summit and Arthur’s point. The climb is a steep one, especially after the Lomond Saddle but once you get to the top, the view is worth the exhausting climb.

The Ben Lomond Track in Queenstown, New Zealand is a spectacular hike uphill the Ben Lomond beginning at the Douglas fir on Skyline Access Road or from the Tiki Trail where it later takes its way through the alpine tussocks and shrubs to reach the checkpoints. Hikers can either choose to walk till the Ben Lomond Saddle or to the Ben Lomond Summit over which the beautiful views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the nearby mountain ranges awaits them. The walk begins from the Lomond Crescent following which is a step and gravelled road and then the path to the trail begins with the climb uphill.

Once at the Ben Lomond Saddle, the hikers get the mesmerizing views of the lake and the town, along with enchanting views of the Ben Lomond Summit and Arthur’s Point. The path from here on is a treat to the watchful eyes and sometimes covered in snow till the beginning of spring. The climb to the Ben Lomond Summit from the saddle is a challenging one and is a preferred track, especially in the summer as the snow clad track in winters makes it difficult for the hikers.
 
However the view on the summit as well as the track is an impressive one with rare views of Mount Aspiring Range and Mount Earnslaw. The track uphill is a difficult and challenging one but the view one grabs hold of when at the peak is something worth holding on to.

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Tips

  • The hike is a rather difficult one, therefore it is advised you wear proper hiking boots of if you decide to take the walk uphill.

  • Even though it has been marked an easy track, the hike is a difficult one, especially for beginners and children, and therefore make sure you carry along enough water and food while going uphill.

  • The track gets steeper from the Ben Lomond Saddle and it is usually advised for children and the ones who are not fit to continue, to hike only till here. 

How To Reach Ben Lomond Track

The track is near the Lakefront Esplanade and you can get here by walking. Also you can walk up the Brecon Street till Skyline Queenstown and then take the Hammy’s Track to reach the Ben Lomond Track.

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