18-11-2019 Queenstown - Queenstown Hill, South Island, New Zealand

text and photos: Xavier

Distance - 11,25km
Height gain - 580m
Height lost - 580m
Altitude Max - 907m
Altitude min - 330m
Type - linear
Effective walk: 2h45m
Degree of difficulty- T1
track: here

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For our first trip to New Zealand we chose the Island of the South, our first plan was to do some backpacking tours in the National Park Fiordland, situated in the Southwest of the Island, to most backpacking tours in this area you will need reservations in advance, an average of 40NZD for a place for your tent and about 130NZD(80€) if you want to spend a night in a hut.
Considered the finest walk of the earth, the Milford Track is situated in this national park but it’s very very hard to reserve a place in the refuges, normally the online reservations open in June and in a matter of hours everything is complete, so if your idea is hiking the Milford Track i wish you good luck.

We planned to do the Kepler track(60kms) and the Routeburn(33kms), both are considered New Zealand Great Walks, as the Milford track.
If you want to do the Kepler track with a tent there are only 2 places where it’s allowed, the Brod Bay campsite and the Iris Burn campsite, next to the refuge with the same name. We made those two online reservations a month before heading to New Zealand.

If your point of departure is Europe prepare yourself for a long, very long trip, from Geneva it tooked about 32 hours(27h inside plains) to reach Queenstown.

Once at Queenstown we passed the first night at Jucy Hotel, in a simple and clean room. 
We checked in at about 2 p.m. , of course our head was still kind of weird because of the 12 hours difference compared to Switzerland, but i decided to take a hike in the area to “acclimatize”, i searched for something of about 10/15km that i could do starting from the hotel, Queenstown Hill(907m) was a nice option, the trail is a marked path and offers some nice views, top for a first contact with New Zealand trails.


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