Lake Alta in the Remarkables Conservation Area, Queenstown

Lake Alta Track is an easy summer walk in an alpine environment, starting at The Remarkables Skifield base buildings (elevation 1600 metres) and climbing to Lake Alta (1800 metres).  After walking up a section of the skifield road from the base buildings, the signposted track passes through alpine wetlands, then a rocky section before the scene opens out to the picturesque glacial lake.  The track is 3.7km (return) and it took us around two hours which included considerable time admiring the view at the top.  In summer there is a $10 charge at the bottom of the skifield road for road access.  In the winter the lake is frozen and covered by snow.

 

Our GPS-tracked route (click to enlarge)

 

Our trip started as a cloudy day in Queenstown but we soon rose above the cloud and as we drove up the skifield road to the base buildings.

 

Looking across the Wakatipu Basin to Coronet Peak and the Southern Alps behind

 

Through the alpine wetlands

 

Wetland vegetation

 

One of the information boards on the track (click to enlarge)

 

Alpine tussock

 

Lake Alta and The Remarkables Double Cone

 

Lake Alta

 

Lake Alta on an earlier trip, with remnant snow patches

 

Clear waters of the lake

 

Click to enlarge

 

Alpine cicada

 

View of Lake Hayes and Kawarau River on the drive down the skifield road

 

 

 

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