The Famous Routeburn Track 

Full Day, Guided Great Walk Adventure

Put yourself in the picture on this world-renowned walk.

Journey to the head of Lake Whakatipu as you explore the world-famous Routeburn Track. Make your way through a magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Your knowledgeable guide will describe the flora and fauna, point out those with medicinal benefits and introduce you to our native birds.

Just a few kilometres into the track, the woodlands part to reveal the rich grassland of the Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by majestic mountains. The Flats is a pristine site to stop for lunch.

After a delicious lunch, we turn and enjoy the valley in reverse. Exploring the old paths of the Māori travellers as we travel along their old Pounamu trails. Guided Walks New Zealand has exclusive access to off track sections of the Routeburn Valley.


Full day, approximately 9 hours and 5 hours walking time

Walking Distance

Between 13-18 km return (moderate)


Well-formed walking track


Snacks, tea and coffee, and a picnic lunch


8:00am year round.
A great option for winter months

Privately Guided Experience

1-4 People $1,350
Extra Adult $239
Extra Child (8-14 years) $175
Extra adult/child rate charged up to a full group of 10
Prices valid from 1 October 2023 - 30 September 2024

Famous Routeburn

How long is the Routeburn Track?

The Routeburn is 33km from Glenorchy to The Divide and spans across two national parks, Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. Usually, this walk takes 3 days. Guided Walks New Zealand provides you with the opportunity to explore part of the Routeburn track in a day.

What do I need to bring?

It's important that you wear sensible footwear, ideally closed-toed trail shoes or hiking boots. Sunglasses are essential all year round, as are hats (sun hat in summer, a warm hat in winter), sunscreen, and a waterproof jacket. Our weather can be changeable especially in the mountains so make sure you come prepared with plenty of warm layers. Bring a small daypack if you have one, or borrow one from us. A drink bottle. Read our full list here

What is provided?

All transport to and from your Queenstown accommodation (excludes private residence).
Lunch, snacks and tea/coffee. Please note you might will need to carry the provided lunch in your backpack. 
Knowledgeable and friendly guides.
Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology.
Walking poles, day packs and jackets are available on loan

How difficult is the walk, and am I fit enough?

While we aim to find a pace that suits the group, in order to make the most of the experience we would recommend that guests have an average level of fitness and walk regularly.

What footwear do I need for the track?

It's important that you wear sensible footwear, ideally closed-toed trail shoes or hiking boots.

Are there toilets on the track?

There are only limited toilet facilities on the Routeburn Track. There are 'bush' toilets provided by the Department of Conservation at most of the carparks and beside any huts we may pass. Your guide will make sure you are aware of these; they normally suffice for all our trips.
On the very rare occasion should clients need to use the 'green room' our guides carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser.

What kind of terrain can I expect?

The Routeburn Track is a Great Walk and therefore is a well-formed and maintained trail. The majority of the trail is gently undulating. The track is well marked and signposted, but some sections are steep and rough.

What kind of native birds is it possible to see?

We never guarantee bird life, but possible sightings may include: Titipounamu (Rifleman), Kakaruwai (South Island Robin), Kākāriki (Parakeet), Piwakawaka (Fantail), Mohua (Yellowhead), Kea and Whio(Blue Duck).