Hike to Lake Alta, Remarkables

Duration: Half day from Queenstown
Available: Only available Nov – May, depending on snow levels
Distance: 2-3 hour hike
Rating: Moderate, some off piste

Lake Alta is tucked up in the Remarkables mountain range and hidden under snow during most winters. However, during the warmer months, it is the perfect destination for a breathtaking half-day hike featuring dramatic views that are even more stunning in summer as they are from the chairlift in winter.

We’ll begin our walk at the Remarkables ski field car park located at 1600m, about a 45-minute drive from Queenstown, which gives us a substantial head start for our hike. From here, it’s a steady climb up to Shadow Basin at 1900m. We’ll then traverse across the ridge line and drop down to Lake Alta for some photos before heading back down to Queenstown.


Hike to Lake Alta, Remarkables