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Routeburn Track
1 day guided walk.

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A scenic road journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn Track walk in Mount Aspiring National Park. Your guide will provide an informative commentary about this amazing landscape as you travel.

Make your way on this great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park with a gradual ascent through a magical world of ancient ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Explore forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along their old greenstone trails, finding enchantment around each corner.

Just 2.5 hours down the track, 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.

  • Duration full day (9 hours approx).
  • Walking time about 5 hours.
  • Walking distance between 13-18 kilometres (moderate) on well formed walking track.
  • Departs 8.00am year round.
  • Pick up from all Queenstown accommodations.
  • Lunch included