Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area NZ

The Jacks Point Track runs along the foreshore of Lake Wakatipu between Kelvin Heights and Jacks Point, providing views of the areas most impressive mountain peaks including the aptly named Remarkables, and Cecil Peak on the opposite side of the lake.

Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area

It snowed on the last day of our trip to Queenstown in late Autumn 2017, and so we took advantage of this relative novelty by doing the Jacks Point Track, which starts just behind the house where we stay. This walk provides excellent views over the remarkable Remarkables, as well as Lake Wakatipu, and various mountains on the other side of the lake, the most prominent of which is Cecil Peak.

I’ll post some fair weather pictures eventually, but these cloudy and snowy shots are a start. The featured image of the Remarkables was from our first day of the trip when we went for a quick stroll as the sun went down.  It’s a well formed track, and if you do the circuit at the Jacks Point end it’ll take roughly 3 hours. You could even stop at the Jacks Point golf course club house for fancy pants food. Track notes at the end.

The Scenery

Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Lake Wakatipu and Cecil Peak from the house where we stay in Kelvin Heights, near the start of the track.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Walking towards a snowy Jacks Point.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Cecils Peak (centre) and Bayonet Peak (left).
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Looking back at Ben Lomond.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Lake Wakatipu under snow clouds. Queenstown to the right behind sun beams.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Looking over towards a cloudy Queenstown.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Walking towards the golf course and housing estate.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Sophia tried to make a quick snowman but was too ambitious, and in trying to lift its oversized head onto the body she fell on top of it.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Jacks Point Golf course under snow. This is more snow than usually falls at low elevations. The impressive Remarkables completely obscured by cloud unfortunately.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Sun going down on the Remarkables. Viewed from the Kelvin Heights end of the Jacks Point Track. Taken on the first day of our trip well before snow came.

A few photos from winter 2016 when you could see a bit more of the surrounding area…

Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
A headless Remarkables Range.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
The Remarkables looking moody. I have posted a lot of pictures of the Remarkables on my personal Facebook account, and although my wife warned me that by posting too many photos of the Remarkables I am at risk of making them unremarkable, I liked this wintery looking panorama with the tops obscured by clouds, so I posted it anyway. They are totally in-your-face in real life, and my photos thus far haven’t really captured that unfortunately. I may be a little obsessed with them. I’ll take some more photos this coming summer (2018/19) with my new camera.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
A somewhat bendy panorama of Lake Wakatipu, with Cecil Peak and Bayonet Peaks behind.

Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area

Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
An interesting web.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
Lots of rocks down by the shore of Lake Wakatipu with various patterns in them. I kind of wanted to be a geologist when I was younger. Just a phase I went through, like how others experiment with drugs and stuff.
Jacks Point Track, Queenstown area
I took a lot of photos of rocks.

Track Notes

Here’s a link to DOC info on the walk. I’ve seen a map of a network of trails at the Jacks Point end inland from the lake, much of which is an upmarket  golf course and housing estate, but I can’t remember where (possibly on the trail itself). If you follow the main track from Poplar Drive in Kelvin Heights you will walk along the foreshore of Lake Wakatipu almost all the way to Jacks Point, but note a track branching off to the left as you approach the point, because you can return back down that as part of a circuit. The track eventually climbs away from the lake for full-frontal views of the Remarkables, and then you can easily follow some vehicular tracks in an anti-clockwise direction and descend back down to the track for the return walk to Kelvin Heights. It’s all very open so you won’t get lost. It’s not a hard walk but there are steep sections.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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