Last Updated: 19th Apr 2024

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Ben Lomond from One Mile

Queenstown, Otago

Submitted by James Harcombe

Last Updated: 19th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 33 ?

Gnarl Factor: 47 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +20.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -20.4%


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Estimated Times to Run







From the car park, head uphill towards the restored power station. When you reach the station, head right along the obvious, sign posted, walking track. After about 5 to 10 mins, you will join a wide walking track. At this point turn left, then almost immediately right following the sign to Ben Lomond. After climbing through native bush, you will enter pine forest, then come out at the Midway Clearance (there is a water tap here, and usually plenty of MTB'S). Head for the main 4WD track and head up about 50m's, before turning off to the left along the path marked Ben Lomond. From here the route is marked, and obvious, to the top. Return is by the same route.

This trail includes the peak Ben Lomond .

Track starts at the site of Queenstown's original power station (plenty of information boards!), and follows the pipeline from the original dam.

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Start is within walking distance of central Queenstown. Plenty of car park space at the pump house, or at the car park next to the roundabout.

2 km

5 minutes




Early on in the climb, after taking the right turn off the wide footpath, the path traverses next to a pipe for a while, before coming to a junction. Be sure to turn right, as the more obvious path leads down to the creek and is more difficult to rejoin the route.

Generally good.

Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

Plenty low down as far as the midway clearance. Non existent after this point.

Snow and ice can make the upper section extremely dangerous during the winter.

Snow and ice in the Winter!

Smiths Brewery
Shotover Street
Great selection of craft beer and the best fries in town.

Vudu Cafe and Larder
Beach Street
Great coffee and awesome pastries.

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Trail Reviews

Mind blowing! Panoramic views. Shade and sun. Trees and open tops. Delightful!

Lauren Mai Anderson

January 31, 2022

As much as I love climbing the Tiki Trail to start the mission to Ben Lomond, I think I enjoy the start from One Mile better. A little bit more varied terrain and some waterfalls before clearing the tree line and making the way to the summit. More runnable on the way down than the Tiki Trail.

Chris Seymour

October 22, 2021

Great track

take your time doing the last 1km as gets technical up there, definitely worth it!

Maximilliano Molina

January 14, 2021

One of my favourite mountain climbs. Well formed track and hard to get lost. Steep first section. Great views of Queenstown up top and super fun to run on the downhill. A stop for an ice block on the way home at the top of the gondola is recommended

Rachel Bridgewater

May 15, 2020

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