Mt Crichton Loop Track & Lake Dispute, near Queenstown NZ
A straightforward walk on the foothills of Mt Crichton near Queenstown. The track passes through native beech and manuka forest, and visits a historic miner’s hut.
The Mt Crichton Loop Track is an undulating track on the foothills of Mt Crichton. It passes through native beech and manuka forest, by waterfalls and bare rocky hills, and visits a historic miner’s hut. You can also take a side trip to nearby Lake Dispute. It’s all very close to Queenstown, so it makes for a good half day option if you have other things on.
There are track notes for the Crichton Loop Track on the DOC website here, and it’s a pretty straightforward walk on a formed track. The turn off to nearby Lake Dispute is obvious, and we actually walked as far as Moke Lake, but this was overkill. I think descending to Lake Dispute and walking up or down it would be enough as a side trip. At the easy end of moderate.
Mt Crichton Loop Track & Lake Dispute: The Scenery
I’ve mixed in pics from a clear day in 2015, with those from a cloudy day in 2012 when we did the Lake Dispute side trip (and on to Moke Lake, which is not pictured).