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Hike The Routeburn Track-Half or Full Day [ZQN79]
Day Tour, Routeburn Trail

Experience on the of the world’s “Top Ten Classic Hikes”. The wide variety of flora and fauna on display is sure to impress.

You will be picked up in Queenstown at 8.00am and drive you along the picturesque Queenstown-Glenorchy Road beside Lake Wakatipu to start your private tour. Beyond Glenorchy you will drive through Paradise and at the road end enter Mt Aspiring National Park and the renowned Routeburn Track. Cross the swing bridge and enter a spectacular Beech Forest. The path is smooth and flat, allowing you to look for birds as they flit through the trees – a treat is to see the Mohua (yellowhead) a rare endemic bird usually seen in small breeding flocks plus the native bush robin and NZ’s smallest native bird the rifleman.
The track follows the Routeburn River as it roars through a magnificent gorge before plunging beneath the rocks. It is a gradual ascent through 130 million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens & beech forest.  The wide variety of flora and fauna on display is sure to impress. Your guides will also share information about the historical significance of the Routeburn Track and how it was used by Maori and European pioneers. There are plenty of waterfalls to enjoy and lots of places to rest along the river. The trail is moderately paced, rising gradually towards stunning snow-capped peaks.

Departs 8:00am, Returns 6:00pm (approx.)

– Return transfers from your hotel or information center
– Guided trail walk
– Picnic lunch and light snack provided

Need to Know
This private tour lasts approximately 10 hours, but you will be walking for 7 hours and an above average fitness level is required. The start of the walk is scenic and a gentle incline but there are some steeper sections if you are fit enough once you get to the Routeburn Flats Hut and beyond. If you are worried about your fitness there are options to walk as far as you want and return to the car park, the scenery is still very rewarding on this section of the track. Walking shoes and warm layers are recommended. Please bring own packed lunch & snacks if you have special dietary requirements.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand