Excellent winter scenery on the ascent up Crown Peak (1735m) from in Arrowtown, near Queenstown. 360 degree views from the summit are a highlight.
The walk up Crown Peak (1735m) from Arrowtown is yet another underrated hike near Queenstown. There were excellent 360 degree views from the summit rocks, and a variety of scenery with Central Otago’s roly-poly mountains and wrinkly ridgelines, some pointy peaks, valleys, the Wakatipu Basin, and a nice angle on Lake Wakatipu itself.
I think this would be best done in winter (depicted here), as the scenery was certainly enhanced by snow, and there was no shelter for the whole walk. The start and end of the walk is less interesting than the middle bits, and I can recommend a descent along the Bracken Saddle Track through an attractive narrow gully. Track notes at the end.
Note you can also climb Crown Peak from the Crown Range Road, which would be shorter but I suspect steeper. There are various other walks to be done around Arrowtown, and here is a partial selection on the Arrrowtown website. I very much enjoyed the ascent of Brow Peak.
Crown Peak ascent: The Scenery
Views from the summit
One the way down
Referring to the map below: Starting at the ‘you are here’ point (Ford St), we took 14a (Tobins Track), 8b (New Chum Gully Track), 9 (New Chum Gully Link Track), 12 (Peters Way), 11b (Miners Track), 16a (Crown Peak Track), then returned down 16a, 13 (Bracken Saddle Track, also referred to as “such and such” pack track on a sign at the end of 16a, but I can’t remember the name), Glencoe Road, walking west and north, then back to Tobins Track (signposted; 14b and 14a) and the final descent to the start. All pretty obvious, and I can recommend doing the circuit section in the clockwise direction as we did. Plan for a full day.