TIME: 3 hr return
DESCRIPTION: The 1/3rd-mile climb through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapu-nui which means " a mountain of intense sacredness" is well rewarded by the spectacular views of other peaks and the lake below. The most common tree on this walk is the Douglas fir. Rowan, macrocarpa, eucalyptus and larch also abound on the hill. If you see a wilding pine seedling – pull it out. Take care that you identify it correctly and make sure it is not a native! Native plant species such as turpentine scrub (Dracophyllum), Pentachondra pumilia, hard fern, matagouri, festuca tussock, manuka, fuchsia and coprosma’s are also common. From here, you can have a panoramic view of the Remarkables Range, upper Kawarau River, Cecil Peak, the Frankton and South Arms of the Lake and Queenstown Bay (Tahuna). A small tarn with a few bog pine can be found in this open area. Note: Parts of the track cross private land. Please respect the landowner’s rights and keep to the formed track to avoid stock disturbance and farm hazards.
GETTING THERE This track starts and ends on Belfast Street in Queenstown. Queenstown is in the center of the South Island, one of the three islands of New Zealand. There is a lot to do and see in Queenstown besides great hiking and briskwalking--see link below.
USEFUL LINK http://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/
Below (from the left) Tapu-nui summit and trekking to the summit