Remarkables Conservation Area
Located in the Otago region
IntroductionEnjoy high altitude walks in the Remarkables. It's an extremely steep, rugged mountain range that extends to 2,234 m and is a prominent part of the quintessential Queenstown landscape.
The area contains a number of beautiful features, such as Lake Alta, a small lake nestled within a natural amphitheatre at the head of a glacial valley (a ‘cirque’) and below the towering Double Cone peaks.
Glacial tarns, schist outcrops and bluffs, waterfalls, unique flora and fauna, recreation opportunities and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu draw large numbers of visitors to this special area.
Find things to do and places to stay Remarkables Conservation Area
The Remarkables Conservation Area is accessed from several points near Frankton and Gibbston in the Queenstown area.
Be ready for an alpine environment
The Remarkables Conservation Area is high up – this means it is often very cold. High winds and snow are common. Make sure you have lots of warm layers and a waterproof raincoat, even in summer.
There is deep snow in winter
Many tracks in the Remarkables Conservation Area are covered with deep snow in winter. They are very challenging unless you have the right gear and skills.
There is avalanche danger in winter in many areas. Check the Avalanche Advisory and make sure you have the skills and equipment for the avalanche conditions.