Queenstown Lakes

Queenstown Lakes District Council is part of Otago Region.


Lakeside Trail

Jardine Park to Jacks Point

Start: Jardine Park - Poplar Drive, Kelvin Heights to Jacks Point

Approx length (walking time): 2-2.5 hours return

Wakatipu Walkways Jacks Point

No information on Jacks Point end, although it looks like the trail ends around Maori Jack Rd, or Lodge Rd

A lovely lakeside walk, popular with mountain bikers. Managed by DOC.


If you're new to the area, the dazzling array of names for tiny pieces of land (that are pretty much all the same place) is confusing. It certainly confused me when trying to compile this information. I have had to look at around 6 different websites, and online brochures to get to the real information.

Arrowtown is pretty small, and all the variously named reserves and trails seem to be pretty joined up, so parking will be the first step to your journey.

Car Parking

Bush Creek has a car parking area at the end of Buckingham St

Flint St has a carpark (off Wiltshire st \ Ramshaw Lane)

Ford St has a carpark for the Arrowtown Recreation Reserve

Remember these are public car parks, so clean up and take away all manure (and if others have been inconsiderate, please pick up theirs too!).

Arrowtown Trails

Bush Creek Trail

Start Bush Creek Reserve [Bush Creek / Arrow River Intersection]

Approx 30 mins

Joins to Big Hill Trail

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Big Hill Trail

Approx length 5-6 hours

Start on Bush Creek Trail, then turn off

Today the trail follows the old bridle trail and climbs steadily from Bush Creek for an hour to reach Eichardt's Flat where there are grand views over the Arrow Basin and Lake Hayes.

This trail is on private land - stay on the trail, or stay home. Until the opening of the Macetown road in 1884, this trail was the main route over to Macetown.

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Arrowtown Millenium Walk Start at Ford Street (Arrowtown Recreational Reserve)

Click for map showing route from NZ Walks

The Arrowtown River Reserve, and Butlers Green are the main reserves in the township. Includes the lower section of Bush Creek, and the land between the Arrow River and Flint St. The Queenstown Trail, and 4WD track to Macetown all pass through this reserve.

Car parking areas are located at the intersection of Bush Creek and the Arrow river.

Approx 1 hr 20mins

A 4.2km shared trail along the banks of the Arrow River. It travels downstream passing the site of the Criterion Quartz Mining company, one of the first quartz mines in New Zealand which began extracting gold from there in the 1860's. It is a wide, easy track overhung with Willow, Sycamore and Larch trees.

Tobins Track

A brisk walk to the top of Tobins Track will reward you with unsurpassed views of Arrowtown and the wider Wakatipu basin.

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Macetown 4WD road

This is a 4WD road which crosses the river many times. The river can rise rapidly when raining, and should not be accessed during the winter months. Walkers, bikers and horses should take care of vehicles on the road.

There are many historical points of interest along the way, almost a story at every bend. It's worthwhile purchasing a small booklet from the Lakes District Museum which describes the features along the way. The book is called 'Macetown and the Arrow Gorge'.

Minaret Burn Track, West Wanaka

Managed by: DOC

From Homestead Bay follow the marked track north, as the track undulates gently above the Lake Wanaka shoreline until it meets a 4WD track.

About 2 - 3 hours from Homestead Bay a track leads off to the right to Colquhouns Beach, a pleasant place to swim and picnic.After crossing Station Creek, you’re in the conservation area of the same name. This incorporates remnant forest and shrub lands and provides access to the lake foreshore.

Getting There:

The track starts at the end of West Wanaka Road. (Streetview shows beginning at intersection of West Wanaka Rd, and Wanaka-Mt Aspiring)


There are locked gates on public tracks.

Riders, must get access details, and a gate key from West Wanaka Station Phone (03) 443 7144

Unbridged rivers: There are river and stream crossings that become hazardous in heavy rain or snowmelt. Be prepared to turn back.

Minaret Hut is a private hut and permission must be obtained from West Wanaka Station before using it.

More Information: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/otago/places/wanaka-area/things-to-do/minaret-burn-track/?region=Otago&activity=Horse-riding&actionid=50558&activitypageid=50568#findplaces

Pisa Conservation Area, Wanaka

Managed by: DOC

Getting There:

Access to the first three tracks described here is from Tuohys Gully carpark which is off the lower section of the Waiorau Snowfarm Road. The turnoff to the Snowfarm is 22 kilometres from Wanaka on the Cardrona Valley Road.

The alternative or, other end, access point for the Roaring Meg Pack Track is the Roaring Meg Recreation Reserve on SH6, or on the Lowburn Pack Track, Swann Road in the Lowburn Valley.

Horse Riding Trails: Horse gates are not provided. Riders need to obtain gate keys from the landowners. Despite being public land, there is no public access into the area. All the tracks cross private land/ Crown Pastoral Lease Land, and there are current problems with the landholders stopping access along these tracks.

More Information: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/otago/wanaka-area/pisa-conservation-area-tramping-tracks/

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