Routeburn Track, Te Anau

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#1 of 11 in Trails in Southland Region
Hiking Trail Nature / Park
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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  • If you are a part of some trip in this area; you will find it easy to go. There is s lot to see that is really picture perfect.  more »
  • On my many trips over the routeburn track I see great views that can change from day to day This track has a bit of everything from rain forests to waterfalls and Alphine landscapes Can be very busy a...  more »
  • Just had the time for a short walk on this track. So well maintained but still old forest full of stories! Huge mossy trees, logs with their sap frozen over, the sound of birds and one delightful tame...  more »
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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.
  • Amazing walk. We had perfect weather. It is well worth hiking!
  • Has everything you want in a day hike or multi-day hike. Amazing walk!!
  • 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!

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Where to stay in Te Anau

Despite its modest size, Te Anau offers a decent range of accommodations from which to explore the surrounding national park. Boutique hotels, economy motels with kitchenettes, and rental apartments cluster mostly in the town center, but also along the main roads that lead into it. Campsites offer a good option for those wanting a full-on outdoor holiday. Reserve in advance for busier periods.
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