The Moonlight Trail In Queenstown
9.9km / 6.2 miles (6 hrs)
The Moonlight Trail is a fairly demanding day walk, and one of the most popular in the area. It’s not a loop, so you’ll need think about transport for the return home!
If you decide to start at the Queenstown end of the track, take the Skyline Gondola up to the top of Bob’s Peak, and then take the track that leads to the Ben Lomond saddle, with its super views of the Southern Alps.
From the Ben Lomond saddle, a series of poles marks the track to Sefferstown, an old mining town. About five minutes below Sefferstown are the remains of the old Moke Creek stone school, which dates back to the 1880s.
The final leg of the journey takes you past huge sluiced-out terraces more remnants from the gold rush. Far below you’ll see the Shotover River, and no doubt the jet boats that race up and down with adrenaline seeking tourists aboard.
Take the five minute walk out of central Queenstown to the Skyline Gondola and take the Gondola up to Bob’s Peak to begin your walk.