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.