A walk in the tussock grassed country behind Queenstown, with views over the Skippers backcountry and back to the Remarkables.
A nice walk in the hills/mountains behind Queenstown, not far from the Coronet Peak ski field, although the overcast conditions let the scenery down a bit for the photos that follow. 2023 edit: I’ve added some photos from as far as Mt Dewar with much better lighting.
You ascend maybe 350m to the summit of Mt Dewar (1310m), then descend to Devils Creek, and return via a saddle and then the road. About 700m of ascent/descent. The country appears to be at the transition between the pointy Southern Alps, and domed mountains of the Central Otago interior. Mostly tussock grass with some rocky areas, and you can visit the upper Shotover River, although we didn’t have the time or legs for this on the day we did it.
We combined two shorter walks into one quite long one, and turned it into a loop with maybe 30 minutes walk back up the road. Track notes can be found on the DOC Lake Wakatipu walks brochure: walks 10 and 12.