Free things to do in Queenstown: Tiki Trail to Bob’s Peak

Queenstown View

Who decides the difficulty rating of walks in New Zealand, a super athlete? It’s so reassuring for my health when my legs are burning and I’m gasping for breath on an “easy” hike. Thank goodness for the photo opportunities along the way giving me an excuse to stop for a breather.

view through tree

Oh hello Queenstown peeping from behind the trees.

tree fram

Lake Wakatipu

The Tiki Trail is the alternative way to get to Bob’s Peak other than paying $26 for a return gondola. The beginning of the trail is easily found at the base of the gondola, with signs guiding you along the way up the mountain.

Due to tree and rock fall, the trail is easily lost at some points. I guess, you just have to keep your eyes open to avoid losing the path and plummeting to your death.

Something easily missed, other than the trail, while huffing and puffing your way up the mountain are the carved trees. I only noticed these huge wooden chairs while I skipped with relief on the way down.

chair

Why visit Bob’s Peak?

For a postcard perfect view of Queenstown, which is always worth the brutal climb – a rule of thumb in New Zealand.

The picture I couldn't wait to take of Queenstown! Seeing it with my own eyes was good too, I guess.

The picture I couldn’t wait to take of Queenstown! Seeing it with my own eyes was good too, I guess.

Queenstown Hill

Queenstown Hill

Additionally, it’s full of activities.

Luge – I swear there were a lot more people luging than what this picture illustrates…

luge

Lonesome luge track

Bungy – Instead of the traditional tying around the ankles, this bungy is tied around the waist so you can run and jump in whatever bizarre manner takes your fancy.

If you didn't see this girl jump, then you will most likely have heard her.

If you didn’t see this girl jump, then you will most likely have heard her.

Paragliding
paragliding
Mountain Biking – There are tonnes of trails from the summit. I do not envy the poor buggers having to get up there…

I have never seen someone move so slow, except for me walking up the same hill...

I have never seen someone move so slow, except for me walking up the same hill…

Jelly Belly Art – Forget Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci, witness the greatest masterpieces with your own eyes: Jelly Belly art, courtesy of the Jelly Belly store.

Ziptrek – An adventure involving ziplines through the trees. Where’s the accompanying photo? I don’t have one, Ok! I failed.

Finally, there is a cafe and souvenir shop for all your emergency souvenirs you may need on top of a mountain.

Verdict

There are plenty of reasons why you might find yourself walking the Tiki Trail to Bob’s Peak, but if you are a backpacker on a budget it is definitely something you should do while in Queenstown. How many towns can you easily(ish) get a bird’s eye view of?

Final thought about New Zealand

At least three international city signs have caught my eye since being in New Zealand. Although really cool for a tourist photo, they are somewhat pointless, don’t you think?

Instagram puked all over this photo

“Oh rats! I think I went the wrong way to get to London…”

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One response to “Free things to do in Queenstown: Tiki Trail to Bob’s Peak

  1. Pingback: Free Things to do in Queenstown: Queenstown Hill Walk | Just Popping Out for a Bit·

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