Moke Lake Viewpoint & Williamson Spur, Queenstown NZ
It’s a short but steep climb to the informal Moke Lake Viewpoint, then an adventurous scramble up Williamson Spur for ever expanding views.
The informal Moke Lake Viewpoint is an increasingly popular spot to visit for views of this scenic lake and surrounding area. The lookout is on the Williamson Spur, and adventurous trampers can head further up the spur for increasingly good views that exceeded my expectations. There’s quite rugged scenery to the north, and the spur itself is pretty gnarly, plus expanding views of Moke Lake as you climb higher. Certainly the misty weather helped add some character to the views, but I’m sure clear weather would reveal some nice scenes we missed out on.
The walk above Moke Lake Viewpoint is only for experienced trampers as it requires quite a bit of scrambling, especially the first section. There’s a map and track notes at the end.
We had intended to climb Mt Hanley but the wet and misty weather caused us to turn back quite early on, and in the afternoon we walked around the lake which was nice.
Moke Lake Viewpoint & Williamson Spur: The Scenery
To Moke Lake Viewpoint
Photos from here were on the way back…
Williamson Spur to 1100m
You follow the Moke Lake Loop Track west from the car park and campsite, then go north until you see some impact tracks heading steeply up the slopes onto the spur. From there just head up until the first main flat spot where you get unobstructed views of the lake (a blue spot on my map). Going this far is a steep but short and straightforward climb, perhaps slippery after rain.
This might be enough for many, but for more adventure you can scramble your way up Williamson Spur all the way to Mt Crichton if you want, although that would be a very long day. We had intended to go as far as Mt Hanley but in the weather conditions decided to leave that for another occasion. This trip up the spur is only for quite experience trampers.