Routeburn Track, South Island

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Hike across a variety of landscapes by following Routeburn Track, a renowned rainforest route in New Zealand. Most visitors take two to four days to cover the 32 km (20 mi) track, but you can also tackle shorter sections of it before returning to the starting point on the Queenstown side of the Southern Alps. Classified as one of the country's "Great Walks," this hiking route includes several huts and campsites along the way. Prepare for the route's long-distance views by charging your camera, or bring binoculars to see ever farther. If you choose to visit in the winter, remember that the track's alpine sections may require advanced mountaineering skills. Plan a South Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • We walked to the Routeburn Flats hut with our 4.6 and 8 year olds. It is a great hike - very good paths and even a toilet on the way. It was about 12km round trip. Very scenic and safe provided you st...  more »
  • Had a fantastic 3 day Routeburn track trek. The track can be done comfortably in 2 days however due to the availability of accommodation we had to make it a 3 day trek. We started the track from the T...  more »
  • Very scenic. This is my favourite of the great walks (though I haven't done the Milford). This track just keeps giving and giving - one more beautiful scene after another... especially in fine weather...  more »
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