Walk without the worry of organising with transfers, hut bookings, track information and accommodation before and after your walk, all included with the four day freedom walk. This is a stunning hike from the start of the Routeburn Track to the Divide – made easier knowing everything has been arranged.
Please note that accommodation is in Department of Conservation huts which are pre-booked for our guests - these are basic but comfortable and must be shared with other track walkers. Clients must carry their own pack containing clothing, sleeping bag, food and cooking equipment/eating utensils. Gas is available in the huts.
The track can be walked from either direction however below describes the route from East to West.
Day 0 - A pre-tour briefing is conducted in Queenstown the day prior at 3pm.
Day 1 – Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Falls Hut
(Approx. 4 hours/8.8km)
Pick up at hotel accommodation and travel by bus to the head of Lake Wakatipu through Glenorchy and past Paradise to the Routeburn Shelter, the start of the Routeburn Track. On entering Mount Aspiring National Park, it is a gentle walk through beech forest and along the Routeburn Valley. A short steady climb takes you past waterfalls and up to the first night at the Routeburn Falls Hut (48 bunks), situated by the Routeburn waterfall overlooking the valley below.
Day 2 – Routeburn Falls Hut to Lake Mackenzie Hut
(Approx. 5 to 6 hours/11.3km)
Today’s walk takes you over the Harris Saddle with an optional side track to the summit of Conical Hill, affording views across the Hollyford Valley and out to the Tasman Sea. The descent down to Mackenzie Hut is through alpine vegetation and a ‘magical forest’ covered in moss and lichen. Lake Mackenzie Hut, with 50 bunks, is situated lakeside in a hanging valley.
Day 3 – Lake Mackenzie Hut to the Divide
(Approx. 4 to 5 hours/12 km)
Experience lush forest and waterfalls before opening out to look down the Hollyford Valley and beyond. Earland Falls (174m) is a great place to take in the atmosphere before walking on to Howden Hut. Continue out to The Divide for the end of your Routeburn Track adventure. Take the side trip up Key Summit (1 to 1½ hours) if you have time before arriving at the Divide to catch the coach back to Queenstown.
$580NZ per person – Track Package + Backpacker Pre/Post
$660NZ per person – Track Package + Motel or Apartment Pre/Post
$690NZ per person – Track Package + 4 Star Hotel Pre/Post
$740NZ per person – Track Package + 5 Star Hotel or Apartment Pre/Post
- All track transport to the Routeburn Track (The Routeburn Shelter and The Divide).
- Pre walk briefing
- All Routeburn Track hut bookings and fees.
- Queenstown accommodation for one night before and after the hike
- Track map and information.
- Souvenir track book (RRP. $NZ30).
- NZ Mountain Safety Council approved pack liner
- Available October to April
- Single supplements apply for pre-and post accommodation if booking for one person