View from Ben Lomond Track

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Introduction

The Ben Lomond Track is a demanding climb and a full day's hike with an 1,438 m elevation gain. On clear days trampers are rewarded at the summit with spectacular panoramic views.

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Track overview

Walking and tramping

3-4 hr to Ben Lomond Saddle, 6-8 hr to Ben Lomond Summit Easy: Walking track

Seasonal restrictions

In winter you will need to carry and be able to use alpine equipment such as ice axe and crampons. The track may change between very slippery and muddy. 

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

The Ben Lomond Track rewards trampers with spectacular 360 degree views over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges including Ka-kamu-a-Hakitekura/Cecil and Walter Peaks and Kawarau/Remarkables. In fine weather, you may even spot Mounts Pikirakatahi/Earnslaw and Tititea/Aspiring in the distance.

The track begins among Douglas fir on Skyline Access Road or the Tiki Trail. At about 800 m altitude you leave the tree line behind to enter alpine tussocks and shrubs. Climb to the 1,326 m Ben Lomond Saddle (Ben Lomond Station) before the track gets steeper and rougher as it approaches Ben Lomond's 1,748m summit.

Note: The section from the saddle to the summit crosses private land. Respect the landowner’s rights and keep to the formed track to avoid stock disturbance and farm hazards.

Getting there

Located near central Queenstown, the two access points to this track are:

  • the Tiki Trail starting next to the Skyline Gondola base station at the top of Brecon Street, or
  • either the top of Skyline Access Road or the bottom of it near Lomond Crescent.

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Access is via the Skyline Access Road or the Tiki Trail, not via the One Mile Creek Track
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Know before you go

Ensure you leave enough daylight hours, but pack a headtorch just in case. In winter, you'll need alpine equipment.

What to expect

  • A full day's hike with 1,438 m elevation gain. Remember, the peak is only the halfway point.

Hazards

  • The weather changes rapidly in this region. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer.
  • Numerous steep downhill mountain bike tracks intersect with the walking track. Due to the high speeds these are unsafe for walkers.
  • Animals have also formed tracks across the mountain. Ensure you follow the signs and orange markers to stay on the right track.

Amenities

  • There are no toilet facilities beyond the Skyline Gondola. Plan accordingly or bring a pocket toilet, available for purchase at Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre.

Be prepared

Ensure you take:

  • plenty of food and drinking water
  • a water/windproof jacket, a hat and gloves, sunscreen and wear warm, layered clothing
  • sturdy footwear such as tramping boots
  • head torch
  • communication device.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


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A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land - see Recreational drone use and Commercial drone use for more information.


Contacts

Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   queenstownvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Queenstown
9300
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
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