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.
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.
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.
Additionally, it’s full of activities.
Luge – I swear there were a lot more people luging than what this picture illustrates…
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.
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.
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?