Moke Lake is situated in a scenic area surrounded by mountains, and is just a short drive from downtown Queenstown. The walk around the lake on the Moke Lake Loop Track is easygoing and suitable for families. On a winter’s afternoon I found the lighting quite attractive and enjoyed the walk despite usually opting for more challenging terrain.
We had in fact climbed up Williamson Spur in the morning and that was very challenging terrain, so my wife Sophia looks a bit overequipped in these pictures. If you want views of the lake you can climb a short but steep route up this spur to the informal Moke Lake Viewpoint. After that is a challenging scramble for only experienced trampers. Click here to look at my blog entry for this walk.
Track notes at the end.
Moke Lake Loop Track: The Scenery
Here’s a couple of shots from the drive out…
There is a formed track around the lake except for a short section on the road. It’s mostly flat and easy walking and takes about 2 hours or so. You start from the northern end of the lake where there’s a car park at the end of the road. There’s more info if you need it on the DOC website, but it’s all pretty straightforward.