So seeing as I work at Ben Lomand trekking centre on Ben Lomand station I thought it was high time I conquered The Ben Lomand Peak. It stands at 1750 metres above sea level. There are numerous points you can start the walk and u chose to start at Fernhill.
The first hour was along an uphill track next to the river called One Mile Powerhouse.
The track turned into a path through a dense pine forest which I had all to myself aside from some birds.
The track broke through into a golden moorland.
After an hour walking along the top of a ridge, the real “fun” began!
The last stretch up to the top of the hill was more of a scramble. But the view from the top was worth it.
Don’t let the shorts fool you, it was very cold when I got to the top. I had about 10 huge snow flakes fall on me! From the top I could see Moke Lake and the base where we trek from.
I didn’t stay for long up there as the temperature plummeted.
Then began the descent. I don’t like going downhill at the best of times but going down scree was really hard and slow and long. Once you get to the ridge the going got better.
I went down down a different route via the gondola which goes up from Queenstown called the Tiki Shack which goes straight to town.
The walk in total took me 6 hours. Six long hours. And rewarded myself with a bottle of wine.