Routeburn Track | South Island, NZ, 2010

img_2609Distance :  19.9 miles (32 km)

Avg. Time :  2 days

Start / Finish :

  • The Divide – Routeburn shelter.

Season :

  • November – April
  • February/March is generally best weather-wise.

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Maps / Info :

  • See the DOC website for a basic map (all you need) and up-to-date information on the walk.

Route / Conditions :

  • As with all designated Great Walks, the Routeburn Track is well marked and easy to follow.
  • To avoid some of the crowds, consider hiking late in the afternoons or very early in the mornings
  • The scenic highlight is the section between Routeburn Falls Hut and Lake McKenzie. Incredible views.

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  • Consider combining the Routeburn with the Caples Track (via Howden Hut) and/or the Cascade Saddle Route. See the Wakatipu-Matukituki Route for details.

Sleeping :

  • Huts or camping. Due to its status as a Great Walk, all accommodation on the Routeburn needs to be booked in advance. Note that camping places are virtually always available.

Overview :

  • One of NZ’s most popular tramps due to its spectacular scenery and relatively easy access. I recommend combining it with one or both of the other walks mentioned above.

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