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Spend a day on one of the greats
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A journey to the head of Lake Whakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn Track walk. As you travel northwest on a road that clings to the very edge of the lake, your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the region. Recently glaciated there is a wealth of information imparted by your guide as you travel. From time to time, the road rises to superb vantage points where you will enjoy unparalleled panoramas of jagged, snow-capped mountains, rolling alpine farmland and acre upon acre of glorious lake land tussock meadows.
Make your way on this great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park with a gradual ascent through a magical world of ancient ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Explore forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along their old greenstone trails, finding enchantment around each corner.
Just 2.5 hours down the track, the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost. The Flats is a pristine site to stop for lunch. After a delicious Kiwi style picnic lunch, we turn and enjoy the valley in reverse. Exploring the old paths of the Maori travellers as we travel along their old ‘Greenstone’ trails, finding new enjoyment around each corner.
Native and migratory birds welcome your return to the forest, and a plentiful array of species will accompany your journey back to civilization.
We want you to take home far more than photographs. So we don't walk blindly through the diverse forests and landscapes of New Zealand. You will look, learn and understand and you will take home so much more - the highlight of your trip through New Zealand! Also Guided Walks NZ are the only company able to take you off the main track at times and 'turn back the clock' as we walk through original forest undisturbed by man and avoid other hikers. And lastly, often most importantly, you will get to share time and meet an impassioned local who has lived and worked in this environment for years.
DURATION: Full day, (9 hours approx)
WALKING TIME: 5 hours (approximately)
WALKING DISTANCE: Between 13 - 18 kilometres ( moderate)
TRACK: Well formed walking track (up to 9 kilometres each way)
DEPARTS: 8:00am year round
PICKUP: From all Queenstown accommodations
HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular snow-capped mountain and lake views, a variety of bird life, beautiful natural ancient native beech forest - mosses, lichens and ferns - waterfalls and river gorge.
|Famous Routeburn Track||Adult||Child (8 - 14 years)|
|Group Guided*||NZ $199||NZ $140|
|Privately Guided (for up to 4 people)||NZ $1250
Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the forests, fauna, birds and most everything about New Zealand. The walk up the trail was easy even for us inexperienced hikers. On the way down we took a dip in the icy stream waters. It was so cold it was like millions of tiny needles pricking your skin. Totally refreshing and well worth the initial cold shock. The best tour of our trip!"
Frank S Lexington, South Carolina
During our Routeburn tour, our guides literally opened our eyes to our surroundings sharing insights on pretty much everything we could see from the trees, the rocks, the streams the mounts, the birds...This truly was an eye opening experience!
Robin & Laura, New Zealand
Due to the nature of the terrain, altitude and alpine conditions, the duration of this walk is entirely flexible and dependent on fitness levels. You can enjoy anything from a 13 kilometre to 18 kilometre return journey, as there is an option of walking another 1.5 hours to view the entire magnificent valley from Routeburn Falls.
Track condition is excellent and though sturdy footwear is always advised, in fine weather athletic shoes are adequate. This is an excellent guided option for the winter months also.
All of our guided walks, are selected for their natural beauty and their difference from each other. The Routeburn Track, is an excellent walk for people interested in variety, lake river valley forests, mountain views, native birds or photography. The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s oldest trails and a renown Great Walk. We have been guiding this famous valley since 1868 and love sharing the history, fauna and birdlife.