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Routeburn Track 1 day guided walk hike
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Guided Nature Walks Queenstown philosophy is to give guests an interactive nature experience - a hands on understanding of every component of the South Island wilderness.

Experience the passion and knowledge of New Zealanders who are actively involved in nature education and conservation.

Guided Nature Walks specialises in nature interpretation. The area is steeped in natural history with river valleys covered in ancient native beech forests, mosses, ferns and alpine flora and a variety of native birdlife is close at hand.

Come for an invigorating guided walk with us into the beautiful New Zealand backcountry and discover what really makes New Zealand different - EVERY STEP has A STORY to fascinate & astound you.

Our cheerful and knowledgeable local guides will ensure your safety and comfort.

Private hiking options are also available if you prefer.

Famous Routeburn Track

This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park is a gradual ascent through 130million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens & beech forest. Explore forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along their old greenstone trails, finding new enchantment around each corner, where native birds abound. This walk is often described as being “far better than the Milford Track”.

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Famous Routeburn Track 1 day guided hike itinerary

This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park is a gradual ascent through 130million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens & beech forest. Explore forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along their old greenstone trails, finding new enchantment around each corner, where native birds abound. This walk is often described as being “far better than the Milford Track”.

A journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn walk. As you travel northwest on a road that clings to the very edge of the lake, your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the region. 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.

Just 2.5 hours walk later the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost.

The Flats is a pristine site to stop for lunch. 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 civilization.

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 16km to 23km 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.

DURATION: Full day, (9 hours approx)
WALKING TIME:3 to 5 hours (optional)
WALKING DISTANCE:16kms (moderate)
TRACK: Well formed walking track (8km each way)
DEPARTS: 8:00am year round
PICKUP: from all Queenstown accommodations
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.

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GPS: -44.71883,168.278661

This activity is available as part of one of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

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