It is considered to be one of the nine great walks of New Zealand, 32 miles driven in three days, and that runs through the Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland, part of the area considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Amazing routes through which you will pass through.
The Dart River Track (sometimes called Rees-Dart Track) is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the region of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. It is a route that follows the course of the River Dart, which extends majestically from the Dart glacier. You can continue the path through the Rees Valley or Mount Aspiring National Park, where you can enjoy stunning glacier views.
The Caples Track is one of the many trails that begin north of Lake Wakatipu, near Kinloch, Glenorchy, and about fifty kilometres from the famous town Queenstown, Otago. There are two shelters along the way. The last day, passing through the "McKellar Saddle", is physically more demanding, but is also more beautiful in terms of the landscape. On the way back, I advise using the Greenstone Track (2 days) or the magnificent Routerburn Track (3 days).
Double Cone, at 2340 metres, is the highest point of the famous Thel Remarkables mountain range. It overhangs the city of Queenstown, and on the way you can pass Lake Alta, recognisable from the Lord of the Rings. The second hill above Lake Wakatipu is not easy to access, but offers a splendid view of Queenstown, and the last stop, which leads to the top, is reserved only for experienced, properly equipped climbers.
The trek towards the Glacier Burn, a peak located near the frozen Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, starts from the resort of Kinloch Lodge. Once you're on the trail, the ascent is quite straightforward, although sometimes tiring. This isn't a particularly popular trek, so you'll often find yourself in complete solitude, and alone with nature. The entire round trip takes about six hours, depending on your pace. Before you leave, check the weather and bring a sweater even if it is summer.
In the region of Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand, you can find the popular town of Queenstown, where you can either indulge in extreme sports, or spend the days in complete relaxation. Behind the town is a majestic hill from which you can admire an extraordinary landscape of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. The hill is easily reached by a path, climbing steeply from the town. Early in the morning, with the cool breeze blowing, you'll feel completely enchanted.
The Ben Lomond Track is a day-long hiking path that runs through the forest. After 800m, you can see the typical alpine vegetation of New Zealand. The climb up the left of the mountain is quite steep, and could lead to vertigo! But the view from the top at 1748m, is really beautiful, with stunning views over Lake Wakatipu to the east, and the peaks of the Southern Alps to the west, with the famous Mount Aspiring, which rises to over 3,000m.
Following the scenic road from Queenstown to Glenorchy, it then reaches Kinloch (some sections are unpaved). You can stay overnight at Kinlock Lodge - not one of the cheapest hostels in New Zealand, but it's worth it for the location. 12 km of dirt road (you can rent a mountain bike) will take you to the beginning of the beautiful trekking circuit around Lake Rere. Remote landscapes, gravel, bridges, and more are waiting for you here - Lake Rere is a real treasure, hidden by vegetation. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go!