Ben Lomond Track

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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. 3-4 hr to Ben Lomond Saddle, 6-8 hr to Ben Lomond Summit. 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. 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. 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. There are no toilet facilities beyond the Skyline Gondola. Plan accordingly or bring a pocket toilet, available for purchase at Whakatipu-wai-Mori / Queenstown Visitor Centre. Ensure you leave enough daylight hours, but pack a headtorch just in case. No dogs.

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Lat: -45.026069 Lng: 168.645795

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Jonique Life

We did the Ben Lomond Track via Skyline Road, it was quite lovely and we chose this route due to the free parking nearby! This hike is definitely hard, it's a constant up hill battle but the views along the way are so worth it and reaching the peak was just as beautiful! Be sun smart on this hike, bring snacks and bring heaps of water, and most importantly wear appropriate shoes. The first part of this hike was actually special as it went through the forest, then you follow the bike paths then make your way out to the saddle then the peak, it was approx 16km return. "Jonique Life" If you find value in our reviews please consider following our social media outlets on Facebook and Instagram as we highlight magical places you can add to your ever growing bucket list.

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Kiwiczech

We did the whole track (starting point at tiki Trail) in 8 hours. Beautiful views on the way and few keas at the peak. There should be sign saying that people shouldn't feed the keas. They let them steal some chocolate bars. Poor keas.

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Faraleen

You can get to the Ben Lomond Track via Tiki Trail (1 additional hour per way) or via Gondola (currently 44$). From this point it's 2-2.5h return to the saddle or 4-5h return to the summit (with breaks). The track from the saddle to summit is steep but worth it if good view/weather! Fantastic 360° view and some Kea's in action by stealing people food. Awesome! Please take your rubbish with you (apples and bananas as well).

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