Today we’ll drive back along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown, and take a ride on the gondola to the top of a tree-covered rocky crag, known as Bob’s Peak, to start our alpine hike. We pass through open alpine tussock-land to the Ben Lomond saddle and will be rewarded with panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by the often snow-covered Southern Alps.
For those keen to press on to the top, Ben Lomond’s summit reveals views of Mt Earnslaw and Mt Aspiring, two of New Zealand’s highest peaks, and even a glimpse of Aoraki Mt Cook on a clear day.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home. New Zealand will leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times.
Activity for today – Full Ben Lomond Hike: 13km, +1,450/-1,450m, 6-7 hours; Or from the Gondola: 8km, +978m/-978m, 4-5 hours