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Routeburn Track, New Zealand

The Routeburn Track is known to be a magnificent alpine adventure and one of most beautiful multi-day walking tracks in the world. Linking together Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park, witness soaring mountain peaks, moss-draped forests, sensational waterfalls and many more of nature’s wonders along the way.

Labelled as one of the most well-located walking trails in New Zealand, starting near Queenstown and finishing near the spectacular Milford Sound, or the other way around depending on where you start.

Due to a high risk of avalanches, it is recommended that the track is avoided between May - September.

Routeburn Track Itinerary:

The Routeburn Track (32km) is shorter than many other multiday hiking trails in New Zealand. Taking approximately 3 days to complete, spending each night in a different pre-booked hut.

Although Routeburn is one of the shorter hikes, it proudly boasts some of the greatest scenery New Zealand has to offer. The highest point of the track is 1,255 metres above sea level, where the views are simply breath-taking. 

Day 1: Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Falls Hut

Walking Distance: 8.8 km

Enjoy a leisurely walk weaving through beautiful native beach forest aside the Routeburn Gorge, admiring the crystal-clear waters as native fish cruise down the river.

Follow the track, winding you through the Routeburn Gorge, crossing the water by multiple swing bridges. As you ascend along the track, enjoy the majestic views of the Routeburn Valley spread out below.

All walkers will spend the first night at serene Routeburn Falls Hut, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the nature-immersed hut.

Day 2: Routeburn Falls Hut to Lake McKenzie Hut

Walking Distance: 11.3 km 

As you steadily climb this section of the track, take in the awe-inspiring panoramas before ascending to the highest point of the Routeburn Track at Harris Saddle (1255m).

The long climb is worth every step as you are greeted by the exquisite Lake Harris. Take some time to envelope yourself with breath-taking scenery at the top of the Saddle. Surrounded by vast mountains towering over you; the Darren Range, Mount Madeline (2537m) and Mount Tutoko (2746m), just to mention a few.

Moving on from the world-renowned Harris Saddle, traversing down towards the Hollyford Valley to catch glimpses of the beautifully mirrored Lake Mackenzie. Meander through beautiful meadows to arrive at Lake Mackenzie Hut – the second night accommodation for hikers.

Day 3: Lake McKenzie Hut to The Divide

Walking Distance: 12 km

The final leg of the Routeburn Track is a 12km walk to the divide on Milford Road. The track resumes its walk through grassy flats, dotted with trees, before reaching the pristine Earland Falls (174m).

Resume along the track, witnessing breath-taking views of Lake Howden along the way. Descend towards Lake Howden Hut, the perfect place to stop for lunch. After lunch, climb steadily to the Key Summit Track turnoff, providing panoramic views over the spectacular Humboldt and Darran Mountains.

Take your descent gradually down silver beach forest to the divide on Milford Road, triumphantly ending one of the world’s greatest multi-day hikes.

For more information on holidays to New Zealand and Routeburn Track please use our enquiry form and a member of our dedicated team will get back to you. 

Routeburn Track, New Zealand

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