Queenstown Hill, Queenstown

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Walk the steep slope or follow the less strenuous winding trail to the top of Queenstown Hill, also known as the "mountain of intense sacredness," to enjoy a bird's-eye-view of the town, the surrounding mountains, and the lake. Near the top, you'll see a metal spiral sculpture on a stone foundation, called the "Basket of Dreams"--look for the plaque inscribed with a poem from the artist. Refuel at the hilltop restaurant or go carting if you are feeling more adventurous. Note that one of the trails to the top of the hill crosses private land; if you do see some livestock while hiking, keep a respectful distance. Use our Queenstown trip itinerary maker site to arrange your visit to Queenstown Hill and other attractions in Queenstown.
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  • We blocked out a morning for this hike. It is "only" 3km round trip but there is a 500m vertical climb. It is a constant climb. For those of us carrying some weight, it can be a slog. But, there are p...  more »
  • The summit at Queenstown Hill is higher than that of Skyline Gondola but I cannot compare the two views as we did not take the Gondola. It was a pleasant hike with a few stops along the way for us sen...  more »
  • This hike really gets the heart pumping particularly if you have to walk up the hill from Queenstown to get there! It is well worth the effort and an easy hike to do by yourself.  more »

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Where to stay in Queenstown

To enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu in a luxury setting, try one of the many boutique and long-established hotels of the downtown area. As a resort town, Queenstown also offers a range of more modest accommodations, ideal for adventurers, backpackers, and those eager to spend more time outside than in. These come in the form of hostels, rental apartments, campsites, and suburban motels. A good local bus service provides connections between the downtown and suburban areas, and out to the surrounding attractions, and many accommodations offer package tours.
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