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Guided Walks New Zealand: Famous Routeburn Track - 1 day walk

This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park is a gradual ascent through 130million year old magical world.  Explore forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along their old greenstone trails. This walk is often described as being “far better than the Milford Track”.

This full day walk in the ancient beech forest of the Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a scenic drive to the northern end of Lake Wakatipu and into the Routeburn Valley.  The high snow capped mountains provide a magnificent backdrop for the walk up this beautiful river valley. From time to time the road rises to superb vantage points where you will enjoy unparalleled panoramas of jagged, snow-capped mountains, rolling alpine farmland and acre upon acre of glorious lake land tussock meadows.

Beyond the charming hamlet of Glenorchy the road crosses the blue ribbons of the Rees and Dart Rivers to reach the dense verdant belt of the Routeburn Valley.

Your walk begins among towering ancient beech, climbing gradually through blankets of forest moss and fern and skirting the thundering Routeburn through the gorge it has carved over the millennia.

The woodland eventually parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost and small glaciers.

The flats is a pristine site for us to enjoy a well earned lunch, as is the next stop, Routeburn Falls, a short stride through more alpine forest. You and your guide will decide which point suits you best. After a delicious Kiwi style picnic lunch we turn and enjoy the valley in reverse, exploring the old paths of the Maori travellers as we travel along their old ‘Greenstone’ trails, finding new enjoyment around each corner.

Native and migratory birds welcome your return to the forest and a plentiful array of species will accompany your journey back to civilisation.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Due to the nature of the terrain, altitude and alpine conditions, the duration of this walk is entirely flexible and dependent on fitness levels. You can enjoy anything from a 13km to 18km return journey.  Track condition is excellent and though sturdy footwear is always advised, in fine weather athletic shoes are adequate.  This is an excellent guided option for the winter months also.

Privately guided option is available for a total wilderness experience.

Duration: Full day (approx 9 hrs)

Walking time: 3 to 5 hours (optional)

Walking distance: 13-18kms (moderate)

Track: Well formed easy walking track 

Departures: 8:00am

Highlights: Spectacular snow-capped mountain and lake views, a variety of bird life, beautiful natural ancient native beech forest - mosses, lichens & ferns - waterfalls and river gorge.

Pickup: Pickup from all Queenstown accommodations

Minimum numbers: Two persons (adult) or equivalent price

Departures: 8:00am

Pickup: Pickup from all Queenstown accommodations

What you bring:

  • Sensible footwear
  • A warm/sun hat
  • Wet/wind/warm clothing for changeable weather
  • Small daypack
  • A reasonable level of fitness will ensure an enjoyable walk

What we provide:

  • All transport to and from Queenstown accommodation
  • Picnic lunch
  • Friendly knowledgeable local guides