Routeburn Track - New Zealand

The Routeburn Track in Detail

If you love to get off the beaten track, want to see some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery or enjoy hiking then we highly recommend the Routeburn Track.

This is an Alpine walk that is 3 days/2 nights staying in Department of Conservation Huts in the Milford Sound area.  It is 32km in total split over the 3 days, with the majority of the walking on the 2nd day.

Cost: 2 nights in huts, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners, transport from track end to Queenstown, $190

Departure is during the day on Point 15. We go to Milford Sound in the morning and AFTER the boat cruise we drop you off to start walking.

Recommended Itinerary

This is for people with a reasonable level of fitness and used to walking, (if you are unfit please let us know);

Day One; Leave the divide on the day we visit Milford Sound by 3:30pm 3-3.5 hours to MacKenzie Hut.

Day Two; Crossing Harris Saddle (1277M) 6-7 hours walk, night at Flats Hut.

Day Three; Walk out to meet the shuttle by 10:00am 1-1.5 hours walk (easy downhill)

Rejoin the group on Point 17 in Queenstown, Queenstown Motor Park in Brecon St. by midday to rejoin group

Can I do It?

Physical fitness and good equipment will make the difference to your enjoyment of the trip, regardless of the weather.  On this track you will be an independent walker and therefore can expect the following:

  • To carry a pack weighing up to 15kg for up to 20km per day.
  • Parts of the track have rough and uneven walking surface
  • At least one days rain while on the track
  • To walk through water up to half a metre deep during or after heavy rain
  • To cross unbridged streams
  • To get wet, muddy boots - it's part of the Routeburn experience


What to take

The Routeburn Track traverses a high alpine area.  The following gear is essential, no matter how warm it is on the day of departure. 

Clothing

You will need at least one set of clothes to walk in and another set dry set to change into at night.  It is not possible to dry clothes in the huts.  It is essential that this clothing is carried as your safety and the safety of others depends on it.  Please note: cotton clothing such as jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts are not suitable.  Polypropylene or merino, which is quick drying is recommended. 

  • Boots: need to be comfortable and well broken in
  • Socks: wool/polypropylene - 2 pairs
  • Shorts  Shirt: wool/polypropylene
  • Long Johns/trousers: wool/polypropylene
  • Jersey/jacket: wool/polypropylene
  • Undershirts/t/shirt: wool/polypropylene
  • Mittens/Gloves: wool/polypropylene
  • Raincoat: waterproof, windproof with hood
  • Overtrousers wind and waterproof
  • Woollen hat/balaclava, sunhat and sunglasses
  • Extra socks, underwear, short or lightweight jersey


Personal Equipment

  • Pack/Rucksack: with large waterproof/plastic liner 
  • Sleeping Bag  good quality 3+ season
  • Matches/lighter in waterproof container
  • Torch With spare batteries
  • Toilet gear: toothbrush, soap, toilet paper, small towel
  • First aid kit: insect repellent, sunscreen, blister kits, pain relief, assorted bandages
  • Survival kit: survival blanket, whistle, paper, pencil, high energy snack food
  • Drink bottle: 1-2 litres water capacity
  • Optional extras: camera, lightweight shoes, ear plugs for communal bunkrooms (you will be sharing with up to 40 other walkers)   


Food

2 breakfasts and 2 dinners are supplied by Flying Kiwi. You will need to purchase 1 lunch and snacks in Te Anau the day before. You will need to carry 3 days supply.

  • Eating Utensils: Supplied by Flying Kiwi
  • Cooking Utensils: Supplied by Flying Kiwi

 

Cancellation Conditions

More than 10 days before you are due to start the Routeburn Track walk 30%
Less than 10 days before you are due to start the Routeburn Track walk 100%
Transfer fee (to another passenger on your tour) $25.00