A walk at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu to the summit of Lorn Peak (1638m). Excellent views, including over the lake the whole way.
The route to Lorn Peak (1638m) takes you at first through farmland, then into the attractive tussock and alpine Remarkables Conservation Area. There are great views over the southern end of Lake Wakatipu all of the way from Kingston up to Queenstown. From the summit there are views up and down the Hector Mountains, and west over the Nevis Valley and Garvie Mountains.
It’s fairly easy if sometimes steep walking most of the way, and is the only proper sized tramp I know of in this area. Consequently it provides a unique perspective on the southern end of Lake Wakatipu. There is also a short walk starting in Kingston called the Shirt Tail Track.
The route starts on a grassy vehicle track through farmland, then onwards into the Remarkables Conservation Area. When the track runs out you can head up the fence line through tussock and then sparse alpine vegetation all the way to the summit. Probably 5-6 hours all up; about 12km and 1260m of ascent and descent. I originally got this walk idea from the Wild Things website, which is a trail running site, but also great for tramping ideas and track notes.