Queenstown Hill Time Walk
3 hr return
The 500-metre climb through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intense sacredness) is well rewarded by the views.
The most common tree on this walk is the Douglas fir. Rowan, macrocarpa, eucalyptus and larch also abound on the hill. If you see a wilding pine seedling – pull it out. Take care that you identify it correctly and make sure it is not a native! Native plant species such as turpentine scrub (Dracophyllum), Pentachondra pumilia, hard fern, matagouri, festuca tussock, manuka, fuchsia and coprosma’s are also common.
Rock tors provide ideal seats from which to admire an excellent 360-degree panorama of the Remarkables Range, upper Kawarau River, Cecil Peak, the Frankton and South Arms of the Lake and Queenstown Bay (Tahuna). A small tarn with a few bog pine can be found in this open area.
Note: Parts of the track cross private land. Please respect the landowner’s rights and keep to the formed track to avoid stock disturbance and farm hazards.
This track starts and ends on Belfast Street in Queenstown.