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 1438 m elevation gain. On clear days trampers are rewarded at the summit with spectacular panoramic views.

Highlights

Video

Track overview

Walking and tramping

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

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Start by 10 am to ensure you leave enough daylight hours, but pack a headtorch just in case.

Follow track signs and orange poles to stay on the right track - other tracks can easily lead you in the wrong direction.

The track begins among Douglas fir on Skyline Access Road/Tiki Trail. At about 800m altitude, you enter alpine tussocks and shrubs, climbing to the 1326m Ben Lomond Saddle (Ben Lomond Station). The track gets steeper and rougher as it approaches Ben Lomond's 1,748m summit. 

In fine weather, the view includes Mounts Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi and Aspiring/Tititea.

From April to November, be prepared for snow and ice above the bushline. 

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

There are two points of access to this track, bottom (near Lomond Crescent) or top of the Skyline Access Road, or from the Tiki Trail starting at the top of Brecon Street.

Note, One Mile Creek near the Fernhill roundabout is not an access point anymore. This track is closed indefinitely and unmaintained.

Know before you go

Warning: Ben Lomond Track is a full day’s hike with 1438 m elevation gain.  Plan your trip well and make sure you have enough daylight hours to finish the walk.

The section of track from the saddle to the summit is very steep and is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.

The weather can change at any time – be prepared. In winter conditions alpine skills and experience are needed to attempt the summit.

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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