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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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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Ollsky

Brought the car key to the police station

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