The Famous Routeburn Track Full Day Guided Walk takes you through one of the world’s most spectacular wilderness areas. The full trail extends for 32 km but day hikers can also enjoy sections of this superb route.
At the start of the day, you will be collected from your Queenstown hotel. To reach the starting point in the Routeburn Valley you will drive northwest along Lake Wakatipu. As you travel, your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the area. Along the way you will catch superb views of snow-capped mountains, rolling alpine meadows and tussock grasslands.
The first part of the Routeburn Track,/b> takes you through towering ancient beech trees carpeted with mosses and ferns, a landscape that has changed little in 130 million years. You will skirt the roaring Routeburn River and continue to the edge of the wood.
Emerging from the forest you will be greeted by the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by soaring mountains,
At the Flats you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and then turn and enjoy the valley in reverse, following old Maori trails and looking out for native and migratory birds in the forests.
Due to the nature of the terrain, altitude and alpine conditions, the duration of this walk is flexible and dependent on fitness levels. The average length of the walk is 16 km and the hike duration can be anything from 3 to 5 hours.
At the end of the day you will be dropped back at your hotel in Queenstown.