Routeburn Day Walk
Take a day for this great hiking experience - A real taste of New Zealand!
Your adventure starts in Queenstown
13km (8 miles)
Level of difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
Track Terrain: The track is reasonably smooth and flat, with a slight incline on the way in.
Your guide will either pick you up if you are staying in central Queenstown or meet you at the Ultimate Hikes Centre in Queenstown, at 7.30am and drive you along the picturesque Queenstown-Glenorchy Road beside Lake Wakatipu.
At Road End, you will enter Mt Aspiring National Park and the entrance to the renowned Routeburn Track.
You will begin your walk by crossing the swing bridge over the Routeburn River, entering a spectacular Beech Forest. Look out for birds as they flit through the trees. Song birds are becoming more prevalent on this stretch of the Routeburn and a special treat is to see the Mohua or Yellowhead, a rare endemic bird usually seen in small breeding flocks making a lot of noise! The track follows the Routeburn River as it roars through a magnificent gorge before plunging beneath the rocks.
Your guide will take you through this stunning National Park, answering your questions and pointing out the birds and trees you'll see along the way. At lunchtime, your guide will find a tranquil spot to rest and enjoy your surroundings over lunch and a hot drink, before you return along the same track. Return to Queenstown is approximately 5.30-6.00pm.
You will be collected collected from you Queenstown accommodation or meet at the Ultimate Hikes Centre between 7.30 - 7.45am and return to Queenstown approximately 5.30pm.
Fitness level required
The track is mostly wide and smooth as it follows the Routeburn River, making it accessible to walkers of all ages & abilities. There is a slight incline on the way in with a couple of swing bridges to Routeburn Flats.
- Transport to and from the track ex Queenstown.
- Informative friendly guides.
- Scrumptious picnic lunch
- Complimentary use of daypacks and rain jackets, sunscreen and insect repellent.
You need to bring
- Comfortable walking clothes and rain jacket (NOT JEANS)
- Sturdy walking boots or shoes. Running shoes are acceptable, sandals are not recommended.
- On fine days; shorts, light trousers & t-shirts are adequate
- On rainy days: avoid denim or cotton. A change of clothing is recommended.
- A small day pack (we can provide) with enough room to carry a warm jacket, your lunch and a camera.
- A bottle of drinking water.
Your guide is fully trained in first aid, carries first aid equipment and is in constant radio contact with other guides, lodges and the base in Queenstown. In the event of an emergency, assistance can be requested immediately.