Routeburn Track

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Routeburn Track

Photo credit: Devon Swift ©

Track Details

The Routeburn Track in New Zealand is a must-do hike for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, and is considered one of the country’s premier Great Walks. Spanning 32 kilometers (20 miles) through the Southern Alps, the track takes you through breathtaking alpine landscapes, lush rainforests, and across glistening rivers.

The track typically takes 2-3 days to complete and can be walked in either direction. The most popular starting point is The Divide, near the town of Te Anau, while the other starting point is the Routeburn Shelter, located near Glenorchy.

One of the highlights of the Routeburn Track is the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Aspiring, which towers over the landscape at 3,033 meters (9,950 feet). The track also passes through the beautiful Routeburn Flats, a wide-open alpine meadow filled with wildflowers in the summer.

Another highlight of the track is the Routeburn Falls, a stunning waterfall that cascades down from a height of 32 meters (105 feet). The falls can be reached via a short side-track and is a must-see for anyone doing the hike.

The track is well-maintained with well-graded tracks, bridges, and huts along the way. There are several huts along the Routeburn Track which provide shelter and basic facilities for hikers. Booking is essential during peak season, especially for those looking to experience one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. If you can’t book a hut on your perferred day make sure to use our free hut alerts tool that is constantly checking against hut availability. This tool will send you an email notification as soon as a spot opens up.

It is important to be well-prepared for the hike, as the track can be challenging in places, and the weather can change quickly. It is recommended to be in good physical condition, wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and carry sufficient food and water.

Overall, the Routeburn Track is a challenging but rewarding hike that offers some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand, and considered one of the country’s top Great Walks. It is a must-do for anyone visiting the South Island and looking for an adventure in the great outdoors.

Huts Along This Walk

Hut Name
Cooking Facilities
Peak Season Fees
Off Season Fees
Walk Times
Lake Mackenzie Hut 50 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $102 $15
  • 6 hours from Routeburn Falls Hut
  • 5.5 hours from The Divide
Routeburn Falls Hut 48 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $102 $15
  • 1.5 hours from Routeburn Flats Hut
  • 6 hours from Lake Mackenzie Hut
Routeburn Flats Hut 20 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $102 $15
  • 2.5 hours from Routeburn Shelter
  • 1.5 hours from Routeburn Falls Hut