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Tiki Trail up to the Skyline Gondola

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Summary of my walk up the Tiki Trail

Yes, I walked up to the top of Bob’s Peak where the end of the track meets up with the Queenstown Skyline Gondola. Hey, it saved me money, I only paid for a one way ticket down on the Gondola and got a great workout at the same time. I chose to walk up as it’s a steep hike, zig zagging up the hill, my knees aren’t as strong as they used to be so a better way to go. They say it takes 1 hour but even stopping for lots of photos, it was just under that. My fitness is pretty good right now so it wasn’t a problem, oh, I did take my walking sticks which made it that much easier. However, I could see others taking it real slow and finding it hard going. It was the middle of summer so the shade from the big tall pine trees covering just about the whole track, was really refreshing.

I found the track quite good with steep parts here and there. The views from the top out over Queenstown and the lake are what it’s all for, WOW, just amazing. Also the wide views out to the Remarkable mountains and beyond are truly something great to see, just a pity there was no snow

Walking the track from bottom to top rather than the other way is easier on your knees and good for your fitness.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
        • Distance: 2.1 km
        • Time needed: 45 mins to 1 hour
        • Difficulty: Medium steep uphill walk
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One way
        • Elevation: 404 m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: At the start & end of the walk
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, good
        • Last Updated: March, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    One of the best views of Queenstown from the top at the Skyline Gondola on Rob’s Peak.

  • Track Quality

    The track is pretty good but steep and all uphill. There are rocky bits here and there.

  • Hazards

    Be careful crossing the track where the mountain bikers zoom down at top speed. They have their own track thank goodness. In the middle of winter I can imagine the track might get a bit slippery with ice as it never sees the sun.

  • Transport

    You can just walk from the middle of Queenstown to the start of the track at the base of the gondola.

  • Water

    There is no water on the walk but you can buy it before you start or at the top.

  • Driving Instructions

    None needed as it’s a short walk from the middle of Queenstown.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The buffet dinner at the Stratosfare Restaurant is pretty good when you get a better deal like this one! Or do the buffet lunch instead, you’ll still get it cheaper then just turning up on the day.

  • Area & Track History

    The Tiki Trail is in the Ben Lomond Forest and is part of the Queenstown Recreational Tracks.

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of the Tiki Trail

Points of interest along the walk

Hope you enjoy my photos and description of the the whole walk below.

Point 1: Start of the walk at Skyline Gondola

Trying to park in the car park is a real pain, good luck! We ended up about 3 streets away. The walk starts directly to the left of the entrance to the Skyline Gondola. Just watch out for the bikers zooming across the track at the start. Just before the start is the Kiwi Birdlife Park, well worth a visit. Pick a day with a great deal and save up to half the price!

Point 2: Walking up the steep track

The walk is quite steep at the start and rocky, it then goes out and up again in a zig zag pattern. I really enjoyed the shade of the pine trees on my walk as it was summer time and hot. There was only one place that got a peek of the lake through all the trees, but wasn’t worth taking a photo of.

Point 3: Zip Liners overhead!

About half way up I could see these large wooden structures but no one about. Then further on I could hear people singing, yelling and generally having fun. I wasn’t sure what it was all for until I saw someone zip right over my head! The entrance for Ziptrek Ecotours is right on the trail, but you don’t have to walk all the way up, well not unless you want to do it for free! It’s only a very short walk from the top of the Skyline Gondola.

Try a Zip Line tour that passes over the Tiki Trail

Point 4: Views from the top

Just a short walk out of the trees at the end of the trail and you’re at the Skyline Gondola and those amazing views. Well, you’ll need to walk through to the other side to really experience the views, this is the back where the cafe is. You can carry on walking up the hill further to watch people having fun on the luge ride.

From the restaurant you can enjoy views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables range. Mind you it’ll cost extra to have a window seat inside the restaurant. To be honest the cafe looked way better value, with yummy ice-cream as well. There are still amazing views from the side and out front on the big viewing deck. Watch the Gondolas come and go real close up.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Tiki Trail…

The Tiki Trail is 2.1 km up a steep hill to the top of the Skyline Gondola.

The start of the Tiki Trail is at the top end of Brecon St in Queenstown. It’s only a short walk from the main centre. Enter the walk just to the left of the Skyline Gondola, you’ll see the sign directing you.

You sure can, that’s the great thing about the Tiki Trail, you get to walk to the top of the Skyline Gondola totally for free! Walk back down again for free or take the gondola. You can buy a one way ticket.

It really depends on your level of fitness. If I walked straight up without spending time taking lots of photos it would only take 45 mins. But for the less fit and photographers, allow an hour.


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