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Explore Queenstown nature on a half-day walking tour along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy views of the Remarkables mountain range as you take an easy route through native beech forest and learn about South Island flora and birdlife. Soak up the water views and hear Maori legends of the lake. Your morning or afternoon tour includes a snack plus hotel pickup and drop-off. Numbers are limited to 10 people, ensuring a small-group experience with your knowledgeable nature guide.


  • Half-day guided nature walk at Lake Wakatipu
  • Marvel at the pristine beech forest and views of the Remarkables
  • Get great photos of the lake, mountains and protected vegetation
  • Learn about the South Island's plants and native birds
  • Includes guide and round-trip transport from Queenstown
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great option for people who want to experience the natural beauty of the Queenstown region but don't have a lot of time. Fans of 'The Lord of the Rings' movies may recognize Lake Wakatipu from the Lothlorien scenes, which were filmed here.

What You Can Expect

Lake Wakatipu Nature Walking Tour from Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu Nature Walking Tour from Queenstown

Starting out in the morning or afternoon, this guided small-group nature walk winds along the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu for 2 to 3 hours, covering up to 3 miles (5 km).

After hotel pickup in Queenstown, travel by minivan a short distance outside of town to the starting point, where you’re provided with complimentary walking poles to use. Then follow your guide at a leisurely pace through native beech forest to the lakeshore where you’re treated to views of the Remarkables mountain range and Cecil Peak.

The wide walking track includes some uneven terrain, with the option to tackle a steeper climb to a lookout point for panoramic views. Learn about the native flora and fauna from your guide, who points out the diverse birdlife as well as edible and medicinal plants.

Enjoy plenty of photo stops, plus a snack break with tea or coffee on the lakeshore, before your guide returns you by vehicle to your Queenstown hotel.

Customer Reviews

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fully recommend this tour if you like country walks. Had a great morning.

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