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Famous Routeburn Track

This full day walk in the ancient beech forest of the Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a scenic drive to the northern end of Lake Wakatipu and into the Routeburn Valley. The high snow capped mountains provide a magnificent backdrop for the walk up this beautiful river valley. On return we travel by way of the old Maori Greenstone trails.

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Region
Otago
Town / City
Queenstown-Lakes
Duration
Full day
Age Restrictions
Child Age is defined as 14yrs & under
Address / Event
meeting place
Your guide will pick you up from your Queenstown Accommodation

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This event requires a
minimum booking of 2 people.
A journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn 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. 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.
Beyond the charming hamlet of Glenorchy the road crosses the blue ribbons of the Rees and Dart Rivers to reach the dense verdant belt of the Routeburn Valley.
Your walk begins among towering ancient beech, climbing gradually through blankets of forest moss and fern and skirting the thundering Routeburn through the gorge it has carved over the millennia.
Just 2.5 hours later 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 civilisation.
IMPORTANT NOTES: 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 16km to 23km return journey. 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.
A PRIVATELY GUIDED OPTION IS AVAILABLE FOR A TOTAL WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

DURATION: Full Day
WALKING TIME: 3 to 5 hours (optional)
WALKING DISTANCE: 16kms (easy)
TRACK: Well formed easy walking track (8kms each way)
DEPARTURES: 8.00am (All year)
PICK UP: Pickup times by arrangement from all Queenstown accommodations.
MINIMUM NUMBERS: Two persons (adult) or equivalent price.

PRICES: Regular Price Adult NZ$240.00 Child NZ$135.00
Privately Guided Price Adult NZ$370.00 Child NZ$185.00

WHAT YOU BRING: Strong walking boots or shoes
A warm/sun hat
Wet/wind/warm clothing for changeable weather
Small day pack
A reasonable level of fitness will ensure an enjoyable day

WHAT WE PROVIDE: Picnic lunch is supplied - including tea/coffee biscuits.
Knowledgeable local guides
Commentary and interpretation of flora, fauna, history and geology
Small day packs and some wet weather gear are available on loan.

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