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Routeburn Track Premium Package Walk - 3 Day

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Overview

Experience the Classic Routeburn Track and enjoy walking it in your own time on a Routeburn Track Premium Package Independent Walk in New Zealand. Considered one of the most well-located New Zealand Great Walks, the Routeburn Track connects Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland, which means you’re in the best spot to begin walking the trail beginning near Queenstown and ending close to Milford Sound (or the reverse).

At 32kms, the Routeburn Track is shorter in distance than some of the other New Zealand Great Walks, but it doesn’t fall short in stunning scenery. Walkers on the Routeburn Track will encounter sparkling waterfalls, moss-covered forests, breathtaking alpine and lake vistas, and magnificent mountain views. Listen to the call of native birds like bellbirds, robins, fantails and wood pigeons that make regular appearances on the track.

Putting together a hike like this by yourself can be challenging (this is where we can help), and if you’re planning to visit Milford and Queenstown as well, the Routeburn Track can easily work into your schedule and save you time spent sitting on a bus or in the car, which easily takes up more than five hours, one way. Instead, make better use of your own time schedule to see and do more. After you’ve come off the trail, put your spare camera battery and memory card space into capturing awe-inspiring scenery on photo stops along these two incredible scenic drives.

Your car (or a pre-arranged shuttle) meets you at the Routeburn Shelter at the end of your hike from the Divide Carpark (between Te Anau and Milford Sound). From the Divide, most walkers choose to start the Routeburn Track at around midday to allow enough time to explore Milford Sound beforehand, then finish around midday at the Routeburn Shelter (near Glenorchy/Queenstown).

Tour Grading: C

  • The Routeburn Track traverses both Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, part of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.
  • The track complements rather than competes with the Milford Track.

Optional Extra

Milford Sound Overnight Experience

Reflect on the hike you have just completed amidst the marvellous natural beauty of Milford Sound. Join our Milford Sound Experience and settle in for the night at Milford Lodge in luxurious, chalet-style accommodation. Evening meal is included and wake up next morning to breakfast buffet. Round out your stay with an exhilarating boat cruise on Milford Sound the next day. Take this time to unwind and immerse yourself in the wonder of this place. Picnic lunch is included.

Routeburn Track Premium Package

Routeburn Track Premium Package

Routeburn Track Premium Package

Itinerary

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Day 1Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Falls Hutapprox. 3-4 hours/9.8 km

Please Note: This hike can be done in either direction, depending on hut availability.

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 Flats. Past Sugarloaf Stream the track is the remnant of the old bridle path built in the 1870s.

From Routeburn Flats, there is a steady grade, through red beech forest, then silver and mountain beech and onto the cooler, higher slopes. The track re-enters the bush to the Routeburn Falls Hut.

Day 2 Routeburn Falls Hut to Lake Mackenzie Hutapprox. 4.5–6 hrs/11.3 km

The track rises steadily past waterfalls, alpine lakes and rock studded basins to the Route Burn at its outlet from Lake Harris and then across the Harris Saddle (1277 metres). This sub-alpine section of track is above the bush line and very exposed and can be extremely hazardous in adverse weather conditions. Be sure that you heed the advice of conservation staff in such conditions. Allow one to two hours for the climb. Sub-alpine herbs and cushion plants are a feature of the vegetation, please keep to the track, especially around Harris Saddle, to protect these very fragile plants in the vicinity.

On a fine day a short rewarding climb from the Harris Saddle up Conical Hill offers views of all points of the compass, the Hollyford Valley through to Lake Mckerrow, the Darran Mountains, Martins Bay and the Tasman Sea, and down the Routeburn. Allow 1 to 2 hours for the return trip.

Past the Harris Saddle emergency shelter and toilet the track drops steeply down a gully from the saddle and traverses along the exposed Hollyford face, before descending on a well-formed series of zigzags leading down to Lake Mackenzie Hut.

Day 3Lake Mackenzie Hut to The Divideapprox. 4-5.5 hrs/12 km

It's a leisurely walk this morning down to Howden Hut. The track climbs for about 30 minutes then sidles along the mountain face to Earland Falls and Howden Hut. It provides great views of the Hollyford Valley and passes through silver beech forest. Stop and listen for the bush robins, tomtits or the wood pigeons.

After lunch, climb the 919m Key Summit. This fragile alpine area has an amazing array of plants which flourish here, such as orchids, bog pines and bog daisies, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes. before arriving at the Divide to catch the 4.20pm coach back to Queenstown. (This option is the 4 day/4 night package).

The track continues down past Lake Howden and through beech forests to finally join the Milford Road at the Divide.

Your car (or a pre-arranged shuttle) meets you at the Routeburn Shelter at the end of your hike from the Divide Carpark (between Te Anau and Milford Sound). 

Side Trip: Key Summit

This 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. A self-guided alpine nature walk passes a range of native vegetation: beech forest, subalpine shrublands and alpine tarnsand bogs. Birdlife is prolific and tomtits, robins, New Zealand pigeons/kererū and bellbirds/korimako are commonly seen.

At the Divide you will be picked up and returned to Queenstown.

Optional Extra

Milford Sound Overnight Experience

Reflect on the hike you have just completed amidst the marvellous natural beauty of Milford Sound. Join our Milford Sound Experience and settle in for the night at Milford Lodge in luxurious, chalet-style accommodation. Evening meal is included and wake up next morning to breakfast buffet. Round out your stay with an exhilarating boat cruise on Milford Sound the next day. Take this time to unwind and immerse yourself in the wonder of this place. Picnic lunch is included.

cost per person

2019-2020 Season

  • Adult: NZ$1,125
  • Child: NZ$895*
  • Single Supplement: NZ$200

*Child age 10-14 years. Child pricing available with minimum of 2 paying adults. 

Optional Extras:

  • Hiking Pole rental: NZ$20

Bookings & Payments

  • 25% Non-Refundable Deposit to confirm a booking
  • Balance Due at least 6 weeks prior to travel

Cancellation Fees

  • 25% - more than 6 weeks prior (non-refundable deposit)
  • 50% - 2-6 weeks before travel
  • 75% - 3-14 days before travel
  • 100% - less than 48 hours before travel

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Falls Hutapprox. 3-4 hours/9.8 km

Please Note: This hike can be done in either direction, depending on hut availability.

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 Flats. Past Sugarloaf Stream the track is the remnant of the old bridle path built in the 1870s.

From Routeburn Flats, there is a steady grade, through red beech forest, then silver and mountain beech and onto the cooler, higher slopes. The track re-enters the bush to the Routeburn Falls Hut.

Day 2 Routeburn Falls Hut to Lake Mackenzie Hutapprox. 4.5–6 hrs/11.3 km

The track rises steadily past waterfalls, alpine lakes and rock studded basins to the Route Burn at its outlet from Lake Harris and then across the Harris Saddle (1277 metres). This sub-alpine section of track is above the bush line and very exposed and can be extremely hazardous in adverse weather conditions. Be sure that you heed the advice of conservation staff in such conditions. Allow one to two hours for the climb. Sub-alpine herbs and cushion plants are a feature of the vegetation, please keep to the track, especially around Harris Saddle, to protect these very fragile plants in the vicinity.

On a fine day a short rewarding climb from the Harris Saddle up Conical Hill offers views of all points of the compass, the Hollyford Valley through to Lake Mckerrow, the Darran Mountains, Martins Bay and the Tasman Sea, and down the Routeburn. Allow 1 to 2 hours for the return trip.

Past the Harris Saddle emergency shelter and toilet the track drops steeply down a gully from the saddle and traverses along the exposed Hollyford face, before descending on a well-formed series of zigzags leading down to Lake Mackenzie Hut.

Day 3Lake Mackenzie Hut to The Divideapprox. 4-5.5 hrs/12 km

It's a leisurely walk this morning down to Howden Hut. The track climbs for about 30 minutes then sidles along the mountain face to Earland Falls and Howden Hut. It provides great views of the Hollyford Valley and passes through silver beech forest. Stop and listen for the bush robins, tomtits or the wood pigeons.

After lunch, climb the 919m Key Summit. This fragile alpine area has an amazing array of plants which flourish here, such as orchids, bog pines and bog daisies, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes. before arriving at the Divide to catch the 4.20pm coach back to Queenstown. (This option is the 4 day/4 night package).

The track continues down past Lake Howden and through beech forests to finally join the Milford Road at the Divide.

Your car (or a pre-arranged shuttle) meets you at the Routeburn Shelter at the end of your hike from the Divide Carpark (between Te Anau and Milford Sound). 

Side Trip: Key Summit

This 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. A self-guided alpine nature walk passes a range of native vegetation: beech forest, subalpine shrublands and alpine tarnsand bogs. Birdlife is prolific and tomtits, robins, New Zealand pigeons/kererū and bellbirds/korimako are commonly seen.

At the Divide you will be picked up and returned to Queenstown.

Optional Extra

Milford Sound Overnight Experience

Reflect on the hike you have just completed amidst the marvellous natural beauty of Milford Sound. Join our Milford Sound Experience and settle in for the night at Milford Lodge in luxurious, chalet-style accommodation. Evening meal is included and wake up next morning to breakfast buffet. Round out your stay with an exhilarating boat cruise on Milford Sound the next day. Take this time to unwind and immerse yourself in the wonder of this place. Picnic lunch is included.

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