Routeburn Track, Te Anau

(4.9/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
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 to visit Routeburn Track during your Te Anau vacation using our convenient Te Anau travel itinerary planner.
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  • Wow this track is amazing! We only had a day hike (started from Routeburn Shelter carpark hiked up about half an hour past the first Flat Hut then came back). We saw some truly beautiful mountains, ri...  more »
  • Wow, what a most awesome track, whatever the weather. The scenery is spectacular, the vegetation lush and the weather wild. The track is quite strenuous and a certain degree of fitness is required, al...  more »
  • Pretty easy for a fit person. The routeburn is a well maintained track that is a reasonable walk. Due to the weather you need to be fully prepared. Stunning views and waterfalls. 
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  • A challenging track to run. It had 4 seasons in one day, and the conditions underfoot always required my full attention! Very rocky, and often slippery when wet, but it's a very scenic area, and the views when not cloudy are spectacular!
  • I did the day trip to Lake Mackenzie and back. Once you passed the trees the view is absolutely amazing! Can highly recommend it.
  • Has everything you want in a day hike or multi-day hike. Amazing walk!!
  • Amazing walk. We had perfect weather. It is well worth hiking!
  • One of the most scenic hikes in the world. You get to see the enchanted forests (down low), the beautiful alpine scenery (up high), and spectacular valleys in front of you. An unforgettable experience!