June – Winter

Queenstown Hill Reserve in New Zealand is a great hike to do with the kids. The walk starts at Belfast Street in Queenstown and is about 1.8km one way. Around a 2-3 hour round trip. Attainable for the majority of kids; both my 3-year-old boy and the 8-year-old girl did it – with minimal whining!

The shaded parts through the forest got a little cold so make sure you layer up. Once you are at the top at the ‘Basket of Dreams’ sculpture, you and the family can enjoy some warmth and the spectacular views of Queenstown Village. Great time to stop and enjoy some well-deserved food.

Next to the sculpture is a lake which if you are lucky enough might be frozen, a unique treat for the kids.

The paths can get icy and snowy so wear grippy shoes. The kids and I walked in our Sorel Boots. They were comfortable for all of us and defiantly gave us plenty of grip and warmth. Courtney wore runners and struggled.

Bring a backpack with water and nibbles as the kids will need it! If your little one isn’t too active, I suggest bringing a kids carrying backpack.