Routeburn Track Freedom Walk

The walk of a lifetime ‘The Routeburn Track’ this self-guided hike gives you the freedom to take your time and truly experience the magnificence that make this walk truly outstanding.

Combining the best of Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park this is as close to nature as it gets. Experience lush beech-forested valleys, towering Alps, pristine alpine lakes and rivers.

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Queenstown City - Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls

Bus from Queenstown to Routeburn Shelter: The Routeburn Track will take you through typical New Zealand wild and scenic mountain country between the Hollyford and Dart Valleys at the base of the Southern Alps.

Dating back since the 1880’s the Routeburn Track has proven to be one of the most accessible and well known journeys into New Zealand’s forests and mountains. If you wish, you can add an extra night to discover the renowned Milford Sound either on a day cruise or on an overnight one. Both nights in Queenstown before and after the walk are included in the track. You will be able to buy all your food for the track at the Fresh Choice Supermarket in Queenstown, either in the morning or the day before depending on your schedule.

Start of the track:
The track ascends along the beautiful blue-green waters of the Routeburn River. From the Routeburn Flats Hut the trail crosses two footbridges with the Emily Creek Bridge considered about halfway. The 984ft (300-metre) climb is barely noticeable. 
Duration 03:00

Walking Distance: 9km - 3 to 4 hours walking
Huts in Routeburn Track: Night in hut on a sleeping bag dormitory basis.

Routeburn Falls - Lake Mackenzie

The track starts to take on a suitable alpine terrain, wandering through alpine tussock grasslands and herb fields. The track curls up and over glacial moraines and across cliffs above Lake Harris where numerous cascades spill into it.  As you reach the Harris Saddle; you’ll enter Fiordland National Park. A steep 853 feet (260-metre) side trip leads to Conical Hill, one of the best views of Routeburn Track.  The next section gives excellent views of the intimidating Darran Mountains, including Mt Tutoko and the upper Hollyford Valley.  The trail zigzags sharply down towards Lake Mackenzie. 
Duration 05:30

Walking Distance: 11km - 5 to 6 hours walking
Huts in Routeburn Track: Night in hut on a sleeping bag dormitory basis.

Lake Mackenzie - The Divide - Queenstown City

The last day offers a diversity of scenery, including the stunning Earland waterfall at 570ft (174metres). Past Lake Howden, the track begins climbing gradually, up to a sign posted turn off to Key Summit (a 360 panorama of the Northern Fiordland).  The last hour passes through increasingly diverse and moss -laden forest gradually descending towards the Divide.
Duration 05:00

Bus from The Divide to Queenstown: Bus from The Divide to Queenstown. 
Duration 04:00