Tomorrow is Christmas and my last day in NZ! I fly out Monday morning to Africa (well, a loooong day of flights via Sydney and Dubai). I wanted to get one last hike in before I leave and one has constantly been recommended in Queenstown – the Ben Lomond trail.
It’s estimated to take 6-8 hours, so definitely a full day. Seeing as how I probably won’t do much hiking in Africa, I decided to challenge myself to the hike.
Ben Lomond is the name of a peak located opposite the lake from the Remarkables and beside the gondola.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t a very hard hike. It took a little over 6 hours, including a 45 minute lunch break at the top. The last hour up to the summit is definitely the hardest part as it gets pretty steep, but the rest of the trail was just gradual climbing!
You start like you’re going up to the gondola, but then the trail completely opens up and you’re pretty exposed the whole time. It was about 70 degrees but I can’t imagine doing this on a hot summer day!
The views at the top were incredible. You got 360 views of the lake and all the surrounding mountains. I’m not sure if these mountains are the backside of Mt. Cook, or what mountain range it is, but the snow covered peaks were beautiful!
Can you spot me below?
At the top we took a break and met a couple from Denver, someone from Kansas, someone from Montana and someone from Tennessee! Quite the Anerican party.
Overall it was a fabulous hike and a great way to spend one of my last days here!
If the weather is warm tomorrow, everyone supposedly goes to the lake and BBQ’s!
I’ll post on Monday with more on my Africa trip!