Routeburn Track

This article is an itinerary.

The Routeburn Track is a 32 km long tramping (hiking) trail in the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring national parks on the South Island of New Zealand.


Month Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Temperature max. °C 22 24 25 28 29 28 23
Average Temperature °C 14 15 17 18 20 19 14
Temperature min. °C -1.5 -2.5 -1 0 -1 -2.5 -4
Rainy Days 15 17 18 13 9 12 14

The Routeburn track's origins are in historical Maori walking tracks used to walk between locales.

Entry to the track is at approximately 200m altitude, and the highest point is approximately 1255m at the Harris Saddle.

The track may be walked in either direction: either from The Divide to Routeburn Shelter, or vice-versa. The ends of the track are some 350km from each other due to the very large mountain range the track traverses.

The track features ranger-occupied accommodation during peak summer months (October - April). These must be booked in advance through the Department of Conservation - the track is run as a Great Walk, and huts cost $54 per night. Although you don't need to book as early as the Milford Track, it is worth booking as soon as your travel dates are known (looking in October there was limited availability for the upcoming summer).


Routeburn Falls Hut

Just like any multi-night tramping excursion, be sure to lay out your plans in advance. Make a packing list and check it before leaving. Preparedness is key to surviving an emergency in the wilderness.


Mackenzie Hut

Walkers can depart from Queenstown to enter the track from the Routeburn Shelter, or depart from Te Anau to enter the track from The Divide. During the Great Walks peak season, daily transport onto either end is provided by Info&Track, tel:+64 3 442 9708.

Car relocation is also a popular transport option, saving walkers a lot of time - it takes 5 hours to drive between one end and the other. provide car relocation from either end of the track to the other. tel: +64 27 3707019


  Routeburn Shelter -   Routeburn Flats Hut

Distance: 6.5 km, Altitude: 200 m, Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Detour to   North Branch Rouetburn

Duration: 4 - 5 hours return

Routeburn Flats Hut -   Routeburn Falls Hut

Distance: 2.3 km, Altitude: 400 m, Duration: 1 hour

Routeburn Falls Hut -   Mackenzie Hut

Routeburn track emergency shelters

Distance: 11.3 km, Altitude: 200 m, Duration: 4 - 6 hours

Detour to   Conical Hill

Duration: 1 - 2 hours return

Mackenzie Hut -   Howden Hut

Distance: 8.3 km, Altitude: 150 m, Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Howden Hut -   The Divide

Distance: 3.4 km, Altitude: 150 m, Duration: 1 hours

Stay safe

Ensure you follow the precautions outlined on the Department of Conservation brochures and any other information provided to you. The track traverses approximately 10km of exposed alpine which can be dangerous.

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