Best time to do the Queenstown hill walk
The Queenstown Hill trail is open year round and can easily be done in any season. However, in the winter months there are chances of snow around the summit. So to be prepared for that I highly recommend to wear waterproof hiking boots. Also, with freezing temperatures at night you can expect some parts of the trail to be icy and slippery. Hiking in New Zealand in winter requires some extra preparation, and having experience in snow will definitely help you as well.
Regarding best time of the day to hike the Queenstown Hill you can’t go wrong at any time of the day. However, if you are keen to see nice golden light of the first sun rays of the day, then you have to go for sunrise! You can see the sunrise on your left side from the summit.
There is no sunset view from the summit, however, the sunset light reflects beautifully on the peaks. And if there is still snow on the peaks opposite of Lake Wakatipu you will see the white snow turning into pastel colours while the sun sets. So if you are in for photography you can either pick sunrise or sunset. But to just enjoy the walk and views, any time of the day is great!