Just a short journey from bustling Queenstown, you’ll find yourself walking below majestic peaks and above stunning valleys as you traverse the great Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana of New Zealand. Emerging from pristine forest, you’ll have time to reflect on your journey as the track weaves though meadows, reflective tarns and alpine gardens.

Since 1880, tourists have walked this route, taken first by horse to Routeburn Flats and then guided on foot past glistening lakes and cascading waterfalls to the Harris Saddle. Today, the popular Routeburn Track inspires thousands of visitors with spectacular vistas into the vast Routeburn and Hollyford Valleys.

Hut and campsite bookings are essential all year round. 

Getting there

The Routeburn Track is located in the southwest of the South Island. The track traverses Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, which are part of Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, extending between the head of Lake Wakatipu in the east, and the Te Anau - Milford Highway in the west.

Access to the Routeburn Track is by road, with the track starting at either the Routeburn Shelter or The Divide. The road distance between each end of the track is 350 km. Accommodation is available in the townships of Queenstown, Te Anau and Glenorchy or at Milford Sound.

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