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Days required: 3
40 Kms / 24.4 miles
Track difficulty: Moderate
The logistics and planning required for a 3 day walk on the Routeburn Track can be a little overwhelming. So we've planned out your whole itinerary to make sure that you are able to relax and simply enjoy your Routeburn Track Guided Walk.
From your Pre-Track Briefing to ensure that you are adequately prepared, to 3 course dinners and comfortable beds, we've thought of everything to ensure your safety and comfort. And our experienced guides will ensure that you don't miss any of the track highlights along the way.
Day 0: Pre Track Briefing
On the afternoon before your departure you are encouraged to attend a Pre-Track Briefing. at the Ultimate Hikes Centre, Queenstown .
Here you will receive a complete outline of what to expect, pick up equipment, and have an opportunity to purchase last minute required items. You will also complete the required medical forms, and we can answer any last minute questions that you may have. It's also a great opportunity to meet your fellow walkers.
Day 1 : The Divide to Lake Mackenzie
Your adventure begins with a coach ride from Queenstown to the Divide on the scenic Milford Road, stopping at Te Anau for morning tea. You will climb the wide and well formed track from the Divide to the optional ascent to Key Summit. Here you can walk among the alpine plants and gaze down three valleys from which water flows to three different coasts.
You then descend to Lake Howden hut for a hot drink and picnic lunch, before gradually climbing through lush silver beech forest to the base of Earland Falls. You will look over the Hollyford Valley to the ice capped Darran Mountains before descending to the lodge at Lake Mackenzie where refreshments, a hot shower, three course meal and comfortable beds are waiting.
Day 2: Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls
Today you will walk past Lake Mackenzie, up through ancient forest and arrive at Ocean Peak Corner. On a clear day you'll have a full vista of the Darran Mountains across the Hollyford Valley, which slices through Fiordland to the distant Tasman Sea at Martin's Bay. Follow the track through a garden of daisies, buttercups, gentians and edelweiss. After lunch at the Harris Saddle, you can ascend Conical Hill for a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. The track continues around Lake Harris before descending into the upper basins of the Routeburn Valley, with the towering mountains above. Spend your final night at the beautifully located Routeburn Falls Lodge.
Day 3: Routeburn Falls to Routeburn Road
Take the time to enjoy the dramatic landscape around the Falls, before descending to the alpine pastures of the Routeburn Flats. Picnic beside the river at Forge Flat. The track shadows the river as it roars through a magnificent gorge before plunging beneath the rocks at the Sump. From here it is a gentle walk through the beech forest to the Road End. A coach will take you back to Queenstown, stopping at the small town of Glenorchy for refreshments.
Facilities in our Routeburn Track wilderness lodges include:
Comfortable beds with duvets and pillows
Hot water showers
Shampoo, conditioner and hair dryers
Generated electricity until 10pm each evening
Hand washing facilities and washing powder
Full kitchen and lodge staff
Selection of NZ wines, beers and soft drinks for purchase
Enjoy excellent Kiwi cuisine
After an invigorating day on the Routeburn Track you will have worked up an appetite. Our lodges have full kitchens and our staff have been working to make sure your time inside on the Routeburn Track is as memorable as your time outside.
Enjoy a snack and cold drink when you arrive at the lodge. A three course dinner follows: hearty homemade soup; a traditional New Zealand main; fresh garden salad followed by dessert, tea and coffee. A selection of New Zealand wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase from our bars in the evenings.
A hot cuppa will be ready and waiting for early risers and breakfast offers a selection of fruit and cereal or a cooked breakfast . Everything will be laid out for you to make your own picnic lunch : a delicious sandwich and your choice of fruit and energy snacks to keep you going throughout the day. Lunch is on the track, and a hot drink will be waiting for you at the lunch huts.
Accommodation options on the Routeburn Track include:
Multi share accommodation sleeps up to 4 people in bunkstyle rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Private rooms are available with ensuites in Queen or twin configuration.
The Routeburn Track 3 day/ 2 night guided walk departs 5 days a week between the 1st of November and the 13th of April. There are no minimum numbers required for the trip to depart and we can cater for a maximum of 40 people per departure.
Your Routeburn Track Guided Walk includes transport to and from Queenstown; accommodation on track ; breakfasts, lunches and dinners; snacks; backpacks and rain jackets are provided if required. Accommodation is provided in our comfortable lodges and you will be led by our expert guides.
If you like hiking with alpine views, I would definitely plan hiking the Routeburn Track with Ultimate Hikes! It was truly AMAZING!!!!