3 days/2 nights
Price from £697 per person
The Routeburn Guided Walk is an award-winning 3 day/2 night, all inclusive, Queenstown to Queenstown alpine adventure, through World Heritage Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks. The Routeburn caters for a maximum of 40 walkers and operates during the summer months, 5 days a week - no departure on a Thursday or Saturday.
Low Season: 1 November - 30 November and 1 April to 11 April
High Season: 1 December - 31 March
Lodges are well appointed with two accommodation types:
Twin and Queen rooms with private bathroom (limited availability)
Bunk style rooms for 4 to 6 people with shared bathrooms. All beds are made with pillows and duvets and the bathrooms have flush toilets, hot showers with soap, shampoo and conditioner provided.
Three course dinners, cooked breakfasts and picnic lunches are provided with New Zealand wine, beer and soft drinks available for purchase.
It is essential that you attend the pre-track briefing at 4 pm on the day prior to departure so pre and post track accommodation is required in Queenstown.
Day 1: The Divide to Lake Mackenzie (8 miles/5-6 hours walking)
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 sit among the alpine plants and look across three valleys with rivers flowing 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, quite a sight in wet weather! You will look over the Hollyford Valley to the ice capped Darran Mountains before descending to the splendid lodge at Lake Mackenzie where refreshments, a hot shower, three course meal and comfortable beds are waiting.
Day 2: Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls (9 miles/5-7 hours walking)
You leave the ancient forest draped in moss and lichen and enter the world of daisies, buttercups, gentians and edelweiss. Here you 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. After lunch at the Harris Saddle, you can ascend Conical Hill for a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. After walking around Lake Harris you descend into the upper basins of the Routeburn Valley, with the towering mountains above. Spend your final night of luxury at the beautifully located Routeburn Falls Lodge where you will be treated to a special celebratory dinner.
Day 3: Routeburn Falls to Routeburn Road (6 miles/3-4 hours walking)
Take time to enjoy the dramatic landscape around the Falls, before descending to the alpine pastures of the Routeburn Flats. Your guides will take the scenic route through the meadows and find the deepest green pool for you to picnic beside. The track shadows the river as it roars through a magnificent gorge before plunging beneath the unyielding 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 on the way.
There is no minimum number of people required to operate this walk, the maximum number of people per departure is 24 (please note you are encouraged to walk at your own pace, not as one group).