MUST EXPLORE | JACK’S POINT TRACK 800 755 The Flyer Magazine

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You can begin this track at either Jack’s Point or Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights. I usually go from Kelvin Heights as it means less driving time in the car, and you can park very close to the track. There’s recently been some deforestation, so the start of the track is quite exposed, giving you open views of the area.

Looking back towards Kelvin Heights.

From here, follow the track which sits high above the shore. If you want to get closer to the water there’s a fairly hidden winding path that takes you to the waters edge. This is about five minutes from the start, so keep an eye out for a little wooden sign. Meander along the lakeside for ten minutes or so before the stony beach ends and a similar, winding path takes you back up to the main track.

This walk is steady and undulating with enough hill to keep it interesting, but not so much that it’s a slog. The track curves around the line of the coast, rewarding you with views across the lake to both Kingston and Glenorchy. It’s one of those trails where you won’t expect to find many others – perhaps a few other walkers and cyclists.

After a while you’ll approach a brief uphill section; continue to reach the lookout “peak”. It’s not really a peak as such, but the highest point where you can sit and relax. This is an idyllic place to enjoy a picnic as you look out onto the Wakatipu. The Jack’s Point Clubhouse is temporarily closed, but when it does reopen, this is a lovely spot to refuel and break up the walk before you head back the same way to Jardine Park.