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Queentown Gardens Walk

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This is a really lovely, short, totally flat walk around the Queenstown gardens following the lake front track out to the peninsular. It’s only 2k and will take around 25 mins to walk. I choose to walk right around the lake front instead of cutting in about half way round, I then cut back up Park St to the entrance of the gardens to complete the walk. The views out across the lake are wonderful. The start is easy to find at the end of the beach right in the heart of Queenstown, look for the old pavilion cafe.

There is a cool frisbee golf course within the botanical gardens, you should try this, it’s really fun.

Queenstown Bay beach

The Queenstown Gardens are located at the far end of the beach at Queenstown Bay. This has to be one of the best lake beaches in New Zealand. After your walk, why not take a scenic cruise around the lake on the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship to see Queenstown from a different angle. You’ll also get excellent views of Queenstown Bay from the top of the Skyline Gondola.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 25 mins
        • Distance: 2 km
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Flat
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes in the reserve
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: March, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    Lovely views of the Remarkables Mountain Range as you walk around the lake front. These mountains are mostly hidden if you’re right in town so it’s great to get out and see them like this. If you go in winter you’ll be even more amazed with the views with snow capped mountains.

  • Track Quality

    Excellent wide flat track, perfect walking for everyone.

  • Hazards

    It can get really cold in Queenstown all year round, so take a very warm jacket. The lake may not be clean enough to swim in, check for signs.

  • Transport

    Just walk to the beginning of the track from the centre of Queenstown.

  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    No need to drive here, just walk from town. If you’re trying to park in Queenstown this can be a real nightmare. We usually try and park much closer to the entrance of the Queenstown Gardens in Park St, it’s usually about 240 mins of free parking there.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Plenty to choose from in Queenstown main centre.

  • Area & Track History

    The first trees were formally planted in the Queenstown Gardens in 1867. Originally a patch of treeless scrub land, this 12 hectare peninsula was designated Crown Land in 1866 and placed under the control of the Queenstown Borough Council. Those first trees planted were two English Oaks. One of them still stands at the Park St entrance.

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of the Queenstown Gardens

Points of interest along the walk

Hope you enjoy my photos and description of the the whole walk below. Just click on the photos to enlarge them.

Point 1: Start of the Queenstown Gardens walk

If you’re coming from the main part of town, make your way down to the beach, turn left towards the peninsular and walk on the big wide concrete path. You’ll see a bar come café in a really cute old pavilion right on the beach, along with a big playground for the kids. There’s also a rope swing across a narrow stream, but don’t worry – there’s a nice big solid bridge to cross.

Point 2: Walking around the peninsular

5 minutes into the walk you’ll see a fork in the path, just keep to the right and follow along the lake front edge. There are a few different paths to choose from in the Queenstown Gardens, however we walked right around the peninsula instead of the recommended cut back through the middle. There are some great views along this part of the track. I really like the wooden pier with it’s boats moored there, it’s a nice place to stop for a photo view back towards town. There are plenty of seats to stop and admire the wonderful views out towards the Remarkable Mountain range.

Point 3: End section & the Queenstown Gardens

Towards the end of the walk is through lovely pine trees. We did the Queenstown Gardens walk in summer, Feb, which is the best time to see it. There’s a rose garden and plenty of other flowers scattered around along with a pond full of lilies. Relax on the seat near the little bridge, it makes for a great photo, it’s a very peaceful spot. You’ll end up at the top of the gardens, take the steep track down to join up in the middle of Queenstown again.

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Unnamed Road, Queenstown Gardens, Otago 9300, New Zealand

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