Hike the Benmore Peninsula Track

Rate this Adventure New Zealand Lake Benmore

Added by

Distance: 4 km (2.5 miles) loop. Duration: 1.5 hours. Scenic. Easy day walk.

The Benmore Peninsula track is approximately a 4km loop circuit and takes around 1.5 hours to complete. It is not a particularly physically demanding hike, but beautiful nonetheless. On a good weather day, the water on Lake Benmore will appear to be bright turquoise and you will be able to see Mount Cook in the distance. This track gives off a very PNW (Pacific NorthWest) vibe with its wooded pine forests and lookouts.

The track starts out level for a while until you reach a junction for the circuit; you may go uphill to the right or go to the left, which stays level for a little while before it begins to climb. Since it is a loop, you may go either way, but I suggest taking the left path and walking the loop clockwise. Taking the loop clockwise is less physically intensive (as the last few stretches of the track are loose gravel at a steep incline, and no one likes to go uphill on that type of track) and you are rewarded with views sooner rather than later.

Getting there: From Otematata, you will see a sign off of SH83 for the Benmore Dam. Take this road to the dam and drive past it. you will reach the top and end of the road, where the DOC Benmore Peninsula hike will be signposted at the gates.

Pack List

  • Day Pack
  • Appropriate footwear (sneakers can suffice)
  • Camera
  • Water, snack
  • Warm, waterproof/windproof clothing
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Running, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Features:

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Vita Rice

Studying in New Zealand. Seeking peace within the most beautiful places and the best people.

More Adventures Nearby

Paddle on the Puhoi River

New Zealand / Puhoi River Launch

This 8km paddle (one way) begins in the quaint Bohemian village of Puhoi (-36.512036, 174.661521) nestled in-between the scenic hills north of Auckland.

Jamie Gallant
2 Saves

Hike to Key Summit

New Zealand / The Divide Carpark

In the Fiordland National Park, the Key Summit sits at the beginning of one of New Zealand's Great Walks, The Routeburn Track.

Tiffany Young
3 Saves

Whale Watch in Kaikoura

New Zealand / Whaleway Station Rd, Kaikoura

A couple hours north of Christchurch, New Zealand sits the very small tourist and fishing town of Kaikoura.

Nick Palastro
2 Saves