The Lakeview Trail boasts fantastic views of Lake Wakatipu and a historical glimpse into the region’s gold-mining past. Start your walking tour with hotel pickup in Queenstown and drive a short distance from downtown to the Mt Crichton Scenic Reserve.
Upon reaching the bridge at Twelve Mile Creek, set out on foot, following your guide at a moderate pace on an easy loop trail through the nature reserve. Tramp through mountain beech and manuka forest, a landscape inhabited by rich birdlife. Your guide points out New Zealand’s native flora and fauna and shares insight about the impacts of recent development.
Along the way, stop for provided refreshments and be entertained with fascinating tales about the Queenstown area’s gold-mining past. You’ll learn more about how the gold miners once worked at Twelve Mile Creek Gorge with a visit to the well-preserved Sam Summers Hut, where old mining tools and other historical artifacts are on display.
Stop regularly for photo ops over Lake Wakatipu throughout the 2.5-hour hike, which ends with return transport to your Queenstown hotel.