Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown NZ

The Moke Lake Loop Track is an easygoing walk around this picturesque lake near Queenstown, surrounded by mountains.

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown

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

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Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
Looking back towards the car park, on the far right.

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
Looking towards cloud over Lake Wakatipu in the distance. Some zoom required to get this shot.
Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
Bobs Peak on the right, looking a bit like an active volcano.

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
Returning on the eastern side of the lake as the sun went down behind Williamson Spur. .

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
Very colourful fungus!
Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
We climbed part of the way up Williamson Spur in the morning. You can see this across the lake running from the bottom right up to the top left. That was quite an adventurous walk, a bit too adventurous in the conditions so we returned and had time to do the circuit around the lake.
Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
Almost back at the car here.
Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
The money shot from back at the car park. Looking south across a calm Lake Moke in the evening.
Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
Another shot back at the car park.

Here’s a couple of shots from the drive out…

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown
A nice scene on the drive out. Those clouds hung around over Lake Wakatipu.

Moke Lake Loop Track, Queenstown

Track Notes

Moke Lake Loop and Viewpoint Route Map
The walk around Moke Lake is easy and tracked.
Climbing to the Moke Lake Viewpoint is off track, although there are some impact tracks to get you onto the spur and then up to the viewpoint (marked by a blue dot). From there it’s an adventurous scramble, especially the first bit which requires care and a head for heights.

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.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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