Climbing up to Harris Saddle in springImage: DOC. Walking the track at this time should only be attempted you are fit, experienced and well equipped. Bridges between Lake Mackenzie and Harris Saddle may be removed over winter to avoid damage from avalanches, so you must be competent at crossing swift, icy rivers. We have been guiding this famous valley since 1868 and love sharing the history, fauna and birdlife. While the track is repaired, you can only do a return walk from Routeburn Shelter and go as far as Lake Mackenzie Hut. With soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes the track links the Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park .The highest point of the track is 1,255 metres above sea level - so the views are simply spectacular. Minimum numbers of four passengers are required and limited travel dates apply, contact us for further details. Bookings will open in September 2020, for trips from 2 November 2020 to 6 December 2020 on the partially open Routeburn Track. Our loop packages will automatically assume that you will spend 2 nights on the track and will choose the default departure times. Earland Falls Track | Key Summit Track | Lake Howden Track | Routeburn Nature Walk. While the track is repaired, you can only do a return walk from Routeburn Shelter and go as far as Lake Mackenzie Hut. After passing Sugarloaf Stream, you’ll climb to Bridal Veil Waterfall and continue above the gorge. Flush toilets are replaced with pit toilets. Our walks include. It was damaged in a storm in early 2020. $130 for a dorm bed), you see the best bits, and you save money on not having a car relocation service relocate your car to The Divide. Find out what to take. Snow and ice conditions on the Hollyford face and at the Harris Saddle can be extremely dangerous. The track levels out, winding through more Lord of the Rings-esque forest before you arrive at Routeburn Flats, a stunning area (the hut itself is a short two minute detour from the track) that opens up to reveal your first view of the mountains. The road distance between each end of the track is 325 km - transport is needed at each end. Adult (18+ years): $15 per person, per night, Adult (18+ years): $5 per person, per night, avalanche equipment: beacon, snow shovel, avalanche probe, mountain radio or satellite messenger (optional). There are 3 huts and 2 campsites, which must be booked well in advance during the Great Walks season. Transport ex Queenstown. Despite its length (the hike is only 33 kilometers long), travelers need to deal with many obstacles such as booking the accommodation along the trail well in advance and with the fact that both Routeburn Track ends are located almost five hours drive apart. Walkers will have the option to hike the Routeburn Return – a four-day three-night return experience replacing the Routeburn Great Walk beginning on March 12. The Kepler Track remains open and operational and people who had planned on doing the Milford or Routeburn in the coming weeks could potentially do that instead. Your safety is your responsibility. Bookings for the Routeburn track will open at 9.30 am on Wednesday 19 August 2020. Transport arrangements can be affected by bad weather. Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2021 - 1 November 2021). A wide variety of native birds may be seen or heard along the track. While the Routeburn Track may be a shorter multi-day hike, it has some of the biggest scenery. You must discuss an alternative option with transport operators before you begin your walk. “The reopening of the Routeburn Track is another crucial milestone in the flood recovery work taking place in the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks, after the Milford Track was reopened last week. The risk of avalanche can extend into December. Be prepared for all conditions. Avalanches are frequent. During the winter months Fiordland can be very wet and cold. Hut tickets must be booked through the Department of Conservation before buses are booked. Queenstown to The Divide service has a 15 minute stop-over at Te Anau Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre for passengers to collect hut tickets. There are steep drop-off along sections of the whole track. A 9am transfer from Queenstown via Glenorchy to the beginning of the Routeburn Track. Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate. The drive here is half the thrill - fantastic scenery along the lake to Glenorchy, then 2 river crossings, and finally, the increasingly narrow gravel track to the carpark. It’s arguably one of the most popular Great Walks in New Zealand and offers a fantastic combination of native bush, towering mountains and alpine lakes. DOC will provide two week's advance notice of the date. Explore on Google Street View | Watch videos. A DOC ranger is in residence. We hiked from East to West from the Routeburn Shelter to The Divide. Please contact us if you require transport outside of these months. This incredibly special place overlaps two National Parks; the Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park, and forms part of the Te Wai Pounamu World Heritage area (‘Place of Greenstone’). Bookings are required for huts and campsites. The track continues its descent through beech forest to Lake Howden (Lake Howden Hut was destroyed by storm damage in February 2020). Know how to use these tools. The Routeburn Track is one of the 9 Great Walks in New Zealand. Take the opportunity to climb Conical Hill for the cream of these views. Running water is turned off inside the huts. Destination Fiordland and Destination Queenstown have information about transport operators. Routeburn Track can be accessed from both ends: Routeburn Shelter, 25 km from Glenorchy along a partially unsealed road, and The Divide Shelter, 85 km from Te Anau. Routeburn campsites have picnic tables and cooking shelters. This way you’re only staying in a hut for one night (again, not cheap! The Routeburn Track must be pre-booked during the Great Walks season. The Routeburn Track is a “Great Walk” – one of nine multi-day tramping trails scattered about New Zealand. Open in Google Maps. Huts do not have food, cooking utensils, showers or bedding. The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s oldest trails and a renown Great Walk. In addition to what to take in the Great Walks season, you also need: Take five minutes and learn how to prepare for a multiday tramp and #MakeItHomeNZ. In the Great Walks season (2 November 2020 – 30 April 2021): Best time to walk the track - there are more facilities and fewer hazards. From the Key Summit turn-off, the gradual downhill walk is through silver beech forest to The Divide on the Milford Highway. The service from Te Anau to Routeburn Shelter at 7:15am has a 2 hour stop-over in Queenstown. Time: 1 – 1 hr 30 minDistance: 2.3 kmThe track climbs steadily through stunning beech forest, providing views of the Humboldt Mountains. **Note Key Summit is Open** From The Divide car park, follow the Routeburn Track (one of the Great Walks) for about an hour to the junction where the Key Summit Track branches off from the main track. Thankfully, in May, the Department of Conservation (DOC) announced the track would be repaired and open … A self-guided alpine nature walk passes a range of native vegetation: beech forest, subalpine shrublands and alpine tarnsand bogs. At 532 m, The Divide is the lowest crossing of the Southern Alps in New Zealand. Cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur at any time of the year. Te Anau 9679 Air New Zealand is a national partner with DOC for conservation, and is proud to support DOC's Great Walks. Tussock grasslands, herb fields, beech forest and bog plant communities are all passed through while walking on the track. The track then descends and traverses along the exposed Hollyford Face, with expansive views over the Darran Mountains. There are over 32 avalanche paths, some of which may bring avalanche debris to the valley floor and have the potential to cross the Routeburn Track – their start zones can't be seen from the track. During the Great Walk season, DOC manages avalanche risk and sections of the track maybe closed if there is avalanche hazard. Routeburn Track is one of the most rewarding hikes in New Zealand, but it is also one of the most tricky-to-plan treks in the country. The valley opens up soon after this point, re-crosses the Routeburn and heads towards the Routeburn flats. If you are going into places avalanches could occur, be sure you: All transport must be arranged before starting the track. Book online. The other start/finish point of the Routeburn Track is the Routeburn Shelter, which is at the Mount Aspiring National Park end of the Routeburn Track near Glenorchy. Daylight is limited and the high mountains let little sunlight into the valleys. Queenstown, Glenorchy and Te Anau have a full range of accommodation available. Huts and campsites must be booked in advance. Divide to Queenstown services (10:10am & 3:15pm) have a restroom break and possible bus change in Te Anau. Alpine areas are usually covered in snow. It was recently featured in a 2018 National Geographic Adventure travel article. From here it is a 20-minute climb to Key Summit, with panoramic views … The 9:45am service has a long stop-over and the 2:15pm service has a 15 minute stop-over. Tracknet Routeburn Track officially reopens The Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s most historic tracks and the alpine pathway between the Fiordland and Whakatipu communities, has officially reopened end to end. Campers can't use hut facilities. Over 2 weeks we did day day walks of most of Southland's great walks (Routeburn, Kepler, MIlford) and this was the best of the lot. Bookings will open on Wednesday 19 August 2020 at 9:30 am, for hiking from 7 December 2020 to 30 April 2021 on the fully open Routeburn Track. Lake Mackenzie is not safe to walk on when frozen. After the cruise you have 2 hours and 20 minutes break in Milford. Until 7 December 2020, the section from Lake Mackenzie Hut to The Divide is closed due to significant storm damage. Please note this booking will automatically book you for 2 nights stay on the track and on the last day of your walk will connect to the 12:45pm Milford Sound Cruise. This service connects with the 12:15pm service from Queenstown to Routeburn Shelter. Day 2 is the highlight of the Routeburn Track giving incredible views of mountains right out to the sea. End the day at Routeburn Falls Hut, on the edge of the bushline and close to the impressive Routeburn Falls cascade. Please note this booking will automatically book you for 2 nights stay on the track and on the last day of your walk will connect to the 12:45pm Milford Sound Cruise. Check the Fiordland National Park weather forecast (MetService website). The Milford track will be fully open from November 30 and the Routeburn from December 7. This is one start/finish point. Located in Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park in the Otago and Fiordland regions. Reopening the damaged sections of the Routeburn track is contingent on a geotechnical assessment showing visitors can … Walk the full track. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so visit a DOC visitor centre in person. The Routeburn Track was an important route for both indigenous Māori and European settlers. The day finishes in the comfortable Routeburn Falls Lodge. Gas is not provided – you will need to bring your own cooking stove. it can cold and wet, with ice, snow and short daylight hours, avalanche-prone bridges across some major watercourses are removed, DOC does not manage hazards such as flooding and avalanches, have the skills for the ATES class you are going into, have checked what avalanche advisory and alert information is available from the DOC visitor centre nearest the area where you want to go. The world famous Routeburn Track will be closed for the "foreseeable future" and Milford Track until at least the end of February following this week's devastating storm. Know the Outdoor Safety Code - 5 simple rules to ensure you have a great trip and make it home. Note: Lake Howden Hut is permanently closed. While the Routeburn Track may be a shorter multi-day hike, it has some of the biggest scenery. The Routeburn Track is one of the Classic Hikes of the world alongside such great walks as Torres del Paine in Patagonia, the Inca Trail in Peru, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Huts have bunks, mattresses, heating, toilets, basic cooking facilities, solar-powered lighting and cold running water. With soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes the track links the Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park .The highest point of the track is 1,255 metres above sea level - so the views are simply spectacular. Information on how to get a … take an avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe and a snow shovel. Bookings for the tracks will open on August 18 for Milford and August 19 for Routeburn. The Routeburn Track was named one to the top eleven trails in the world by National Geographic Adventure magazine and is rated as one of New Zealand’s best Great Walks. With this option you stay in Te Anau for a night, before going back to Queenstown. Day 3 is a pleasant walk out. Email: email@example.com, 77 Manapouri-Te Anau Road A swing bridge leads to open grassed flats, and the Routeburn Flats Hut and Campsite. The trip can be extended by also staying at other huts, or made into a circuit by linking with the Greenstone and Caples Tracks, which starts and finishes near the Routeburn Shelter. From Lake Howden, the well graded track climbs steadily for about 15 minutes to the Key Summit Track turn-off. "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those: who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and, who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and. When will bookings open for both tracks? The Routeburn Track, is an excellent walk for people interested in variety, lake river valley forests, mountain views, native birds or photography. Snow and ice can sometimes make this trip hazardous early and late into the Great Walks season. Bookings will open on Wednesday 19 August 2020 at 9:30 am, for hiking from 7 December 2020 to 30 April 2021 on the fully open Routeburn Track. It was damaged in a storm in early 2020. Difficulty: VARIOUS. New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*: A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ. © 2020 All rights reserved. 77 Manapouri-Te Anau RoadTe Anau 9679 New Zealand The Routeburn Track is located in the south-west of the South Island and runs between the head of Lake Wakatipu and S.H.94 the Te Anau /Milford Road. This is a top day in the mountains. The part of New Zealand that the Routeburn Track winds … Play Video. Please note this booking will automatically book you for 2 nights stay on the track. See the forecast as a table or graph. The track is open for independent walkers and guided walks during the Great Walks season (late October to late April) and walkers should always check the weather conditions. All services have limited pick-up and drop-off locations. The cruise is 1 hour and 45 minutes with Cruise Milford, it ends at 2:30pm and connects to our 2:30pm bus Milford to Queenstown. The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular tracks with approximately 13,000 walkers completing the track each year. Department of Conservation | Te Papa Atawhai, https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/fiordland/places/fiordland-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/routeburn-track/. Wind through the Routeburn gorge along the, Adult (18+ years): $65 per person, per night, Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required, Child (17 years and under): $32.50 per person, per night, Adult (18+ years): $20 per person, per night, Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required, Child (17 years and under): $10 per person, per night. The tracks will open in time for the summer season. Booking opening dates are notified two weeks in advance of bookings opening. track is not recommended for children under the age of 10, due to the exposed mountainous environment and often adverse weather conditions. Stay at Routeburn Falls Hut that night, get up, see the sunrise, hike back the way I came in and not bother with the other side of the Routeburn Track. Discounts are not available online. The dates available will be from 30 November 2020 to 30 April 2021. Water can be obtained from the outside water tank; if this is frozen, then from the nearest water course or by melting snow. From November to April, weave through meadows, reflective tarns and alpine gardens, and be rewarded with spectacular vistas over vast mountain ranges and valleys. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee. firstname.lastname@example.org. Check Availability. Bookings are open for trips from 2 November 2020 to 6 December 2020 on the partially open track, and from 7 December 2020 to 30 April 2021 on the fully open track. Queenstown and Te Anau have shopping and hire services to cater for all walkers’ needs. A steady descent leads to Lake Mackenzie Hut, set beside the enchanting Lake Mackenzie. The well graded track crosses Sugarloaf stream (start/finish of the classic five pass tramp) and the Bridal Veil waterfall and leads to a steeper climb that goes above the gorge to Forge Flats, the site of an early blacksmith camp. Great Walks season: partially open 2 November 2020 – 6 December 2020 Great Walks season: fully open 7 December 2020 – 30 April 2021 Duration: 2–4 days Distance: 33.1 km (one way) ROUTEBURN TRACK Photo: Shellie Evans (tikitouringnz.blogspot.co.nz)Photo: Daniel Deans Photo: Bernard Spragg Bookings: Open, but heavily sold out Great Walks Season: 30 November 2020 – 30 April 2021. This 33km/20mi hike through Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island absolutely delivers as a world class hiking experience. There is also a possible extra service from Queenstown to Routeburn Shelter at 4:00pm and Routeburn Shelter to Queenstown at 6:00pm. Most walkers take 3 days (2 nights) to complete the whole track but longer or shorter options are available. To have a safe and enjoyable trip, it's essential you have the appropriate clothing and equipment. Your accommodation is now ‘reserved’ but is not confirmed until you complete the payment process. Most walkers take 3 days/2 nights usually staying at Routeburn Falls and Lake Mackenzie Huts. Tracknet’s service connects with The Divide Shelter on the Milford Road. This section of the track is well-known for its impressive array of alpine plants. Bookings for the Milford Track will open at 9.30 am on Tuesday 18 August 2020. Note: Lake Howden Hut is permanently closed. Bookings will open in September 2020, for trips from 2 November 2020 to 6 December 2020 on the partially open Routeburn Track. Drive times to Queenstown or Te Anau are: 1 hour 45 minutes from Invercargill; 3 hours 30 minutes from Dunedin and 6 to 8 hours from Christchurch. Weather conditions can change quickly in any season. Over a metre of rain fell in parts of Fiordland in just over a 60-hour period - over three times the monthly average - from Sunday to Tuesday, causing major flooding and landslides, trapping hundreds of tourists and trampers. Todays weather forecast, by the hour and long term. Time: 1 hr 30 min – 2 hr 30 minDistance: 7.5 kmThe track begins at Routeburn Shelter, gently winding alongside the crystal-clear Route Burn (river). You need to be totally self-sufficient. A short, steep climb from the Harris Saddle up Conical Hill gives superb views of the Hollyford Valley through to Lake McKerrow and beyond to Martins Bay and the Tasman Sea. Tracknet are able to provide timely transport connections to each end of the Routeburn Track. The Routeburn Track can be walked in either direction. for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence. Time: 1 – 1 hr 30 min returnThis popular walk climbs above the bushline to an alpine wetland and, in good weather, offers magnificent views of the Darran Mountains and the Hollyford valley. Biodiversity inventory and monitoring toolbox, Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track, Check the Fiordland National Park weather forecast, New Zealand Avalanche Advisory for Fiordland, Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) for Wakatipu, Wanaka and Central Otago, Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) for Fiordland National Park, Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre, Routeburn Track walking guide – pick one up when you collect your tickets at the Queenstown or Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, track is well marked and signposted, but some sections are steep and rough, cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur, DOC manages avalanche risk and walkers may be flown (at their cost) over dangerous sections. Travelling to or away from The Routeburn Shelter, Tracknet are able to arrange transport for you on Info & Track’s bus service. During winter, transport operators require minimum numbers and do not always operate a daily service. Due to rock fall danger, observe the no stopping zones along this track. This well traveled and well maintained track usually stretches 32km, but as of February 2020 the track is only open to the Mackenzie hut due to track damage, trampers will have to hike back out the same way they came in. Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2021 – 1 November 2021): Only walk at this time if you are fit, experienced and well equipped - facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional hazards. Dress for these conditions. Until 7 December 2020, the section from Lake Mackenzie Hut to The Divide is closed due to significant storm damage. Payment is with Backcountry Hut Tickets or a Backcountry Hut Pass - buy these from a DOC visitor centre before you go. The Routeburn Return experience is longer and more challenging than the traditional Great Walk, as walkers will now trek about two-thirds of the original track before turning back to head out the same way, staying at either Routeburn Falls or Routeburn Flats each way, Fleming says. Starting at Routeburn Road end, the track crosses a suspension bridge and starts as a gentle sidle up the true left hand side of the Routeburn River. The Routeburn Track Guided Walk is a 3 day/2 night all - inclusive guided walk through Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks, from The Divide on the Milford Road to the Routeburn Shelter near Glenorchy. Campsites have basic facilities including toilets, sinks and a water supply. The Routeburn track is set to be partially reopened next week after being closed due to damage from storms in February. Spectacular views of U-shaped and hanging valleys dominate the landscape as you pass numerous waterfalls and alpine lakes. Routeburn Track is partially open. Phone: 0800 483 262 They connect with the 4:35pm Tracknet bus from Queenstown to Te Anau. Read more about Milford track bookings. From May to October, it can be cold and wet, with ice, snow and short daylight hours - only attempt if you have alpine, navigation and river crossing skills. Time: 4 hr 30 min – 6 hrDistance: 11.3 kmClimb steadily up the valley, through wetlands and tussock-covered flats, before sidling along the bluffs above Lake Harris to reach the highest point on the track at Harris Saddle/TarahakaWhakatipu (1,255 m). A gradual descent then leads past the ‘Orchard’, an open grassyarea dotted with ribbonwood trees, to the impressive Earland Falls (174 m). Travelling to or away from the Divide, Tracknet services include Milford Sound, Hollyford Track, Te Anau, Queenstown and Invercargill. All three of Fiordland's Great Walks are fully open for the first time since a storm in February extensively damaged two of them. Birdlife is prolific and tomtits, robins, New Zealand pigeons/kererū and bellbirds/korimako are commonly seen. This blog is all about the Routeburn Track day hike and how it can easily be accomplished from Queenstown, Glenorchy, or Milford Sound. The service from Routeburn Shelter to Te Anau has a bus change and stop-over in Queenstown. DOC will provide two week's advance notice of the date. Alternatively, please contact us with your requirements. The Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s most historic tracks and the alpine pathway between the Fiordland and Whakatipu communities, has officially reopened end to end. The world famous Routeburn Track will be closed for the "foreseeable future" and Milford Track until at least the end of February following this week's devastating storm. Choose your start date and the Track Loop Package that you require. This well formed, easily graded track begins to climb steadily up the gorge after about half an hour through red, silver and mountain beech forest into the narrow Routeburn Gorge, then around the open, grassed Routeburn … The part of New Zealand that the Routeburn Track winds … The wide, well maintained easy graded track crosses several swing bridges, goes past Bridal Veil Falls and over the Routeburn Gorge before opening up to vast grassy flats. Site by Codeyak . The Routeburn Track has a lot of challenging and complex avalanche terrain. You will have the opportunity to amend these times once you receive confirmation if needed. A massive storm tore through Fiordland in February of this year and caused significant damage to the last section of the Milford Track. The Routeburn Track in New Zealand is most commonly hiked over a couple of days, but it is possible to see a great portion of the track on a day hike! Fiordland National Park experiences very high rainfall (up to 9000 mm per year) and weather conditions can change quickly in any season. You have 25 minutes from now to complete the payment process. Please note this booking will automatically book you for 2 nights stay on the track. Enjoy a day walk. Tracknet offer reliable daily scheduled passenger bus and coach services to and from many of the most beautiful areas of the South Island. The Routeburn Track is located in the south-west of the South Island and runs between the head of Lake Wakatipu and State Highway 94, the Te Anau /Milford Road. Time: 4 – 5 hr 30 minDistance: 12 kmLeaving Lake Mackenzie Hut the track crosses a small flat before climbing to the bush line. Bookings: To book a Routeburn Track Loop Transport Package click on the Loop Package link above that you require. Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Flats Hut 7.5 km, 1.5 – 2.5 hours The first segment of the Routeburn Track makes an ideal day walk for those who are short on time. FIORDLAND’S GREAT WALKS – THE MILFORD, ROUTEBURN & KEPLER TRACKS MILFORD TRACK.