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The Routeburn Track

Routeburn Track

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32 km / 3 days

Routeburn is the shortest of the Great Walks of NZ. The Routeburn track traverses the the Southern Alps of New Zealand and passes through ice carved valleys and beech forest. Walk along pristine rivers and glistening alpine lakes offering breathtaking views and mountain scenery.

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Your walk includes:

  • 4 days / 4 nights
  • 3 Day Walk with 2 nights in Department of Conservation Huts
  • Accommodation before and after walk at Golden Chain Blue Peaks Lodge in Queenstown (twin share)
  • Transfers ex Queenstown to and from the walk

Department of Conservation Huts

  • These huts you stay in have all the essentials you need for shelter and cooking with sinks, gas cookers, cold water, tables, seating benches and wood burners for heating and as well as solar lighting
  • Pillows & linen are not provided in the communal bunkrooms
  • Ablution blocks have flush or vaulted toilets and washbasins with cold water only. Waterfalls or swimming holes will fulfil any desires for showers or baths along the track
  • A ranger is present at each Department of Conservation Hut

What should you bring?

  • Waterproof large pack
  • Toiletries including: soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, small towel
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • First Aid Kit including: blister kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, pain relief and bandages, personal medication
  • Survival Kit including: survival blanket, whistle, paper, pencil, high energy snack
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Large drink bottle
  • Camera, lightweight shoes for hut, earplugs
  • 2 – 3 sets of fast drying clothing. It isn't possible to dry clothing at the huts.
  • Walking / tramping boots
  • Warm wind and rain proof jacket
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Swimming costume(optional)
Note:These tours are valid for travel

2017 Season : 24th October 2017 to 28th April 2018

Please note the walk is fully booked over the following dates:
  • 23rd November 2017 – 29th November 2017
  • 1st December 2017 – 19th January 2018
  • 2nd February 2018 – 4th February 2018
  • 11th February 2018
  • 8th, 10th & 17th February 2018
  • 28th March 2018 - 31st March 2018

Prices are per person and are in New Zealand Dollars

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Pre and Post Accommodation is a Golden Chain Blue Peaks lodge, transportation is included ex Queenstown to and from the walk, it is important to note that accommodation is Multi Share in the Huts and you cannot have your own room.

Day 1Divide car park, Milford Road to Lake Mackenzie Hut

A steady climb from the Divide carpark through Silver Beech forest leaves the road behind as your journey into New Zealand’s natural alpine environment begins. Once you arrive at the Key Summit track, an hour and a half side trip can take you to an attractive alpine wetland offering magnificent views of the Darren Mountains, Lake Marian and the Hollyford Valley.

The main track from the junction descends steadily to Lake Howden Hut. At the top end of the lake you will get fantastic views of the Greenstone Valley and Saddle. Climbing steadily through more native bush and beech forest, walkers will view the 174metre Garland Falls, pass mountain meadows and ribbonwood trees on their on their descent to the Lake Mackenzie Hut.

12 km / 4 – 5.5 hours
Lake Mackenzie Hut

Day 2Lake Mackenzie Hut to Routeburn Falls Hut

Climbing steadily, the track takes you above Lake Mackenzie onto the exposed Hollyford Faces which giving expansive views over the Darren Mountains to the Tasman Sea beyond as you traverse through the impressive array of alpine plants towards the Harris Saddle. At 1255 metres it is the journey’s highest point which can be combined with a steep 1-2 hour side trip to Conical Hill giving a perspective over the Hollyford Valley, Martin’s Bay and the ocean beyond. Back at the Harris Saddle the track negotiates the faces above Lake Harris and descends to the bush line and wetlands to the sanctuary of the Routeburn Falls Hut below the waterfalls of the same name.

11.3 km / 4.5 – 6 hours
Routeburn Falls Hut

Day 3Routeburn Falls Hut to Routeburn Shelter car park

The next morning sore legs will be pleased as the journey continues down a well formed path through more beech forest and over a recent slip. The Humboldt Mountains above and Routeburn Valley below provide a compelling perspective of the areas geographical diversity. A narrow gorge at the Bridal Veil Falls follows a swing bridge then it’s all a relaxing wind down to the Routeburn itself for the final saunter to another swing bridge and the Routeburn Shelter car park.

8.8 km / 2.5 – 4 hours
Queenstown Motel

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