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Ben Lomond via Tiki Trail, Otago

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Ben Lomond via Tiki TrailIntermediate

Submitted by Rachel Bridgewater

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


5:00 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



Take care to check the track status following heavy snow fall in the winter.

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The Tiki trail starts at the bottom of the gondola to the left. Head up beside the cemetery to the marked Tiki Trail. Be careful crossing the mountain bike trail as you head straight up the Tiki trail. This zig zags all the way to the top up a steep rooty rocky trail to the Gondola. As the trail ends, turn hard right to head to the top of the Gondola. At the Gondola cafe, turn hard left up a track towards the luge. This will siddle along the luge track. Stop just before reaching the visible footbridge turning left at the signposted "Ben Lomond track" and leaving the luge track.

You will see a huge orange triangle DoC marker directing you onto the Ben Lomond track through the forrest. Carry on up until you reach the saddle, following left to the signposted Ben Lomond summit. Watch out for the view of Moke Lake as you round the summit to your right. Enjoy the views before heading back down the way you came for.

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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 60%

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  • Access

    Begin at the bottom of the Queestown gondola. The trail is to the left, labelled Tiki Trail (beyond the cemetery)

    There are 240 minute car parks beside the gondola building. If you are of reasonable fitness and can find a park here, you should get up and down in enough time.

    1 km

    2 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    When you are descending past the Gondola, it is easy to miss the Tiki trail you came up from. Its the first left. The second left will take you onto a mountain bike track and you have gone the wrong way.

    Generally good.

    Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    Water access is at the Gondola Cafe. Other than that, there is very little.

    Can get muddy after rain or in the spring with snow melt. Take care and consider not doing this route following heavy snowfall. Even in spring, be prepared with good gear as winds and weather can be unpredictable in the mountains.

    Take care on the Tiki Trail - it's very tricky footing

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