Routeburn Track guided walk

Important Information about the Routeburn Track

Make sure you know all the fine details

3 days | 2 nights
32 km | 20.1 miles
Difficulty | Moderate
Nov - Apr

Ultimate Hikes can take up to 40 walkers each day.

The track can be walked both ways and is accessible by car at each end.


  • Transport ex Queenstown.  You can also depart from Te Anau - but return is to Queenstown only.
  • 2 nights accommodation on track in our private lodges.
  • All meals, and snacks on track.
  • A 40ltr backpack to borrow - that will contain your personal belongings and you will carry with you. 
  • All in the company of experienced guides.


The pre-track briefing is at 1.45pm in Queenstown on the day prior to your walk departure date.
The bus departs Queenstown the following morning at 6.30am. You will stop in Te Anau for morning tea.
Your walk begins at the Divide at approximately 11.30am.

The group gets back to Queenstown via Glenorchy at approximately 4.00pm, but can be subject to delays due to weather or traffic. 

Please note: the bus does not travel back through Te Anau.

We recommend you spend the night on each side of your walk in Queenstown.  



Before booking a hike with Ultimate Hikes you should be aware that hiking on New Zealand’s Great Walks and tracks, involves risks that include natural hazards such as flood, rockfall, landslip, earthquake and avalanche.  Unpredictable weather including high winds, snow and heavy rain can occur at any time which may cause exposure .  The tracks are uneven, rocky and steep in places. Ultimate Hikes takes every reasonable precaution to eliminate or minimise the risks you could be exposed to, but natural hazards can be unpredictable and should they occur, they could result in injury, and even death.

You are required to adhere to any instructions given to you by a guide at all times including the wearing of appropriate clothing for the conditions.  Failure to comply with any instruction could result in you being unable to continue and/or being removed from the activity. You are also responsible for all children in your care doing the same.  

Click on the link below to read our Risk management strategy.

Risk management strategy


The all important question - what will the weather be like? 

It is essential to be well prepared for all seasons. Fiordland National Park has very changeable weather patterns and high rainfall levels. This means that snow, high winds and rain can occur at any time of the year.

Fiordland has around 9 meters of rain a year and it's sheer cliffs come to life with waterfalls.  Rivers and creeks can also rise quickly so be prepared to walk through water.

Layers of warm, quick drying and breathable fabrics are the key to keeping warm in wet weather and cooling off in the sun.  Whatever the weather you'll see some spectacular landscapes!

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Wifi Free Zone

It is important to remember that the track is in a remote wilderness area. There is no cellular or internet service on the tracks.  All of our guides and the lodges are in touch with each other and the Queenstown base by radio.  Communications are possible but must come through the Queenstown office.