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Day walks

Queenstown Hill Time Walk, Queenstown

  • 1 minute

Lake Wanaka, New Zeland


  • The ‘classic Roys Peak’ views without the crowds
  • Basket of Dreams sculpture at the top for a photo moment
  • Expect snow flurries in winter

From the Belfast entrance to the top of Queenstown Hill is 2.5 m and about 400 meters in elevation. It is a steep steady climb on a wide uneven gravel track. You could be passed by runners who effortlessly pound their way to the top. This climb through pine forest behind Queenstown is well-rewarded by spectacular, 360-degree views of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Range and beyond. Definitely carry snacks to enjoy at the top while you savour the views. This track can be slippery in winter. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

A track you can access from the middle of town

To the start of the track, The sign to the Queenstown Walkway is located to the side of the Belfast Terrace car park.

  • Length: 2.5 km
  • Grade: Medium difficulty, challenging incline


Named after one of Scotland’s most infamous adventurers, Rob Roy MacGregor, this trail is likely the most Instagrammed in New Zealand. It is a stunning day hike with countless photos from every angle possible. For the energetic undertake Queenstown Time Hill Walk and Roys Peak. For most of us, decide which feels it will deliver what you are looking for. The start point can be found on the road that heads out of Wanaka towards Glendhu Bay and Mount Aspiring National Park.

For tips on recommended clothing and supplies check South Island ultimate day walks, what to wear, supplies and fitness required. Remember to check the local weather report before departing.

A hiker soaks in a dramatic sunrise on a snowy Roy's Peak trail over Lake Wanaka in New Zeland.
Roy's Peak trail



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