Fabulous 360 degree views from the summit of Bowen Peak (1631m) above Queenstown, the quieter neighbour of Ben Lomond.
If you’ve already climbed Ben Lomond, or just want a quieter summit experience, then I can highly recommend an ascent of its neighbour, Bowen Peak (1631m). Taking the One Mile Track starts you off in attractive native forest including beech, followed by pine forest, and finally you’re above the bushline to the summit. Once out of the trees there are ever improving views, with the best from the saddle to the summit. The two mountains offer a similar experience in terms of the scenery on offer, so the choice is yours.
This route is the same as for Ben Lomond until you reach the saddle, then you head up off track towards Bowen Peak summit, meeting up with an impact track which takes you the rest of the way. At the hard end of moderate and will take maybe 5+ hours.
I found the route a little confusing through the pine forest and mountain bike park, so keep a close eye out for the orange markers. Once out of the pine forest the route is obvious.
You can also start on the Tiki Trail although this is through only pine forest and I’ve never actually tried it.
There’s parking near the trail head as marked below…