Routeburn Track, Te Anau

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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 to visit Routeburn Track during your Te Anau vacation using our convenient Te Anau travel itinerary planner.
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  • I am 52 and new to hiking but pretty fit. I hiked this over two days (instead of the original plan of 3 days) with my 20 year old daughter. What a gift of beauty to get to do this hike. The trails and...  more »
  • Make sure you are well prepared! The track was rougher and steeper in parts then expected. We also decided to camp, the campsites were very well maintained and in lovely areas, but COLD. Be sure to ha...  more »
  • We made it in 4 days, to have more time available to enjoy our hike. It's really superb. The shelters are to book a relatively long time in advance, demand is strong enough. And you also need a good condition to really enjoyed the hike.
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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!