4 Views That Are Worth The Trek: NEW ZEALAND

4 Views That Are Worth The Trek: NEW ZEALAND

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Touted as one of the most travelled countries worldwide - backpacking and luxurious holidays alike - New Zealand has so much to offer in terms of hikes and the views that go alongside them...

MOUNT ALFRED

ELEVATION: 1,000m | DURATION: 5-7hrs

Currently, Mount Alfred isn't a very common hike, but as always with nature, it tends to make it that little bit more special... 

The trek starts around 15 minutes away from the township of Glenorchy, cutting through the native bush and then merging out onto a steep plane from which both the summit and ridge are accessible.

Note: the hike to the summit of Mount Alfred goes along private land. The owner of the land has recently prohibited access to the general public without prior permission, due to hikers getting lost or stranded on the mountain.

The northern most point along the ridge looks over Paradise (we kid you not; there is a place in New Zealand called Paradise) and the Earnslaw Glacier in the near distance. From the south, you have a spectacular view over Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. 

This hike isn't for the fainthearted - summiting Mount Alfred is a continual uphill struggle, but trust us - it's a spectacular view when you reach the top.

BEN LAMOND

ELEVATION: 1,437m | DURATION: 6-8hrs

Photo: Christoph Deinet
Photo: Christoph Deinet

Known to be the ultimate hike from Queenstown, the trek emerges from the forest slightly earlier than Mount Alfred.

Due to popularity, you'll find a clear, well maintained track which meets up with the Ben Lomond Saddle where you can choose whether to go right to Bowen Peak or left to the Ben Lamond summit.

The summit offers unique views of Walter and Cecil Peak across Lake Wakatipu to the south and remarkable mountain ranges to the south east. For those of you not looking for such a big challenge, the route can be shortened by taking the Queenstown Gondala up to the mid-way point.

ROYS PEAK

ELEVATION: 1,250m | DURATION: 5-7hrs

Photo: Felix Lam
Photo: Felix Lam

Said to be the most popular hike from Wanaka, Roys Peak is located just 5km from the small lakeside town and takes roughly 6 hours to get up and down. Relatively, a simple hike, we have to say that it's without a doubt, worth the days excursion. 

The walk itself, which stays for the majority of time on the eastern side of the mountain, provides breathtaking views continually throughout the day. Be warned though, it's 100% exposed, so take sunscreen, windproof clothing and plenty of water with you during your hike.

Note: you should expect to queue to get the infamous photo along the undulating ridge.

ISTHMUS PEAK

ELEVATION: 1,000 | DURATION: 5-7hrs

Photo: Ken Cheung
Photo: Ken Cheung

Another great walk which is close to Wanaka is Isthmus Peak - located in the mountain range, the peak separates Lake Hawea with Lake Wanaka.

The car park, which is nothing more than a small, gravel filled verge at the side of the road can contain a maximum of around 4/5 cars...so, if you're driving, make sure to get there early.

The path which leads mostly through private farmland has a nice balance between exposed and unexposed parts and we promise you, the summit views are arguably even more impressive than Roys Peak and you'll meet a tenth of the people up there.

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