Routeburn Track

Routeburn Track, South Island: Address, Phone Number, Routeburn Track Reviews: 5/5

Routeburn Track
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Great Walks season is October - April (see website for exact dates). Outside this period facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional safety hazards to consider. Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip. See website for the price of accommodation on this track.
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656ginif
2 contributions
Car relication
Nov 2021 • Friends
Excellent service by Trackhopper would highly recommend made it so hassle free!
Thanks heaps Mike and Kiyomi!
Written 28 November 2021
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wenwenshimshim
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
Great Track, Car Relocation
Nov 2021 • Friends
Incredible trek, rated number 11 in the world. Good quality facilities. We did it in 3 days, Routeburn Shelter and McKinsey Hut.

We used TrackHopper to relocate our hire car to the Divide car park so we could drive out and stop for a pizza in Glenorchy as a treat. Would highly recommend this service - the owners are avid trail runners and happily run the whole 32km to relocate your vehicle. The convenience and quality of service more than justify the cost when considering a key swap or the shuttle. I hope others will choose to support this awesome, Glenorchy-based business!
Written 31 October 2021
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Frances M
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand4 contributions
Excellent transfer service
Oct 2021 • Couples
Excellent customer service, lovely staff. Easy and convenient way to do transfers for the Routeburn and can start/finish in your own time.
Written 31 October 2021
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hannah
Christchurch, New Zealand195 contributions
Another great walk but do expect some snow/rain wet weather that may close Harris Saddle
Apr 2021
I expected and prepared snow weather but didn’t expect Harris Saddle was closed because of heavy snow. It was disappointing as DOC didn’t give options for people to choose. I can understand it would be tricky and challenging to cross but for the people having snow skills, it would be ok. Also the track was shut but didn’t put up the notice on the DOC website so many hikers were still walking in without knowing anything. If you have two spare days to stay and wait for the track reopen, you could.

In terms of the view and track, it was more tricky than expected, beautiful though.
Written 27 April 2021
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Lauren T
2 contributions
Great Walk using TrackHopper car relocation service
Apr 2021 • Couples
We recently completed the Routeburn Track from Routeburn Shelter car park to the Divide. We experienced the expected 2/3 days of rain, which only added to the dramatic vistas.
We used TrackHopper to relocate our car and would highly recommend this service. Mike and Kiyomi communicated promptly beforehand and delivered our car with a full tank, note with petrol receipt, and service checklist. We even bumped into Kiyomi in the Routeburn Shelter car park, who was extremely friendly and offered some local knowledge before starting the track. The convenience and quality of service more than justify the cost as compared to the shuttle. An awesome, Glenorchy-based small business!
Written 25 April 2021
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Linda L
Nelson, New Zealand62 contributions
Amazing scenery - plus we saw mohua, kakariki and kea!!
Mar 2021
We did a day walk from Glenorchy to the Routeburn Flats Hut. The car park was quite busy but we got a park OK with our campervan - there were kea flying overhead and it just seemed so magical and a great way to start our walk. We loved the walk - we even saw mohua and kakariki!! The hut looked like an amazing place to stay. Would recommend this amazing walk.
Written 18 April 2021
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Dawnnapa
Auckland93 contributions
Very challenging, but with spectacular views!
Mar 2021 • Couples
This was our first of the Great NZ Walks. What an experience! So glad we started our hike at The Divide and ended at Glenorchy. Days 1 & 2 were challenging with the terrain being quite rocky. You had to take care of where you placed your feet, so not to injure/twist your ankles on the slippery rocks! Or fall off a cliff, with the weight of the pack, making you unstable. I would highly recommend walking poles. Help to pull you up on the steep inclines. Funny story: we forgot our poles in the car, but found sticks along the way, that were life savers!
Thanks to DOC. The huts were well equipped, clean and well looked after. The hut ranger at the Routeburn Falls hut, was amazing! He was friendly and always at the ready with help and information. The views on our hike, were spectacular! Well worth the challenge!
Thanks to Toni at Easyhike for looking after us as far as organising our food, gear and relocation of our vehicle. Communication was prompt and without any hassle!
Written 4 April 2021
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Claudia Hood
Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions
Ultimate Hikes - Routeburn
Apr 2021 • Friends
What an amazing 3 day tramp. Spectacular views. Found the track a little bit harder than the Milford Track. Lodges were wonderful and food very yummy. Tour guides were great. It’s a must do track.
Written 3 April 2021
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Doogie
2 contributions
Stupendous
Mar 2021 • Friends
Stunning scenery, lovely hut locations, flush toilets! Was not convinced Conicle hill view was worth the tiredness my friends and I (average fitness) then felt the rest of the day. Swim in Lake Mackenzie very refreshing! Thanks Easyhike for the car relocation and DOC for the excellent hut facilities and the experienced rangers.
Written 2 April 2021
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kristabel2016
Napier, New Zealand2,038 contributions
Glad I did it...not sure Ill be back for seconds however....
Mar 2021
I had to list this under 'Glenorchy' but we started the walk at the Divide and finished in Glenorchy. I have rated it as a 4/5 as there was a bit of stress on this walk for me. I researched this walk quite extensively before-hand as I was worried the terrain might present a bit of a mental challenge...from a variety of sources I found that it was likely going to be difficult at times and I was particularly dubious/worried about day 2. My concern was not my fitness as I had 100% control over that and was not challenged in that regard during this walk....no big elevation gains....that aspect of the walk was easy for me (Pack weight was 6.5kg).

What was not so easy was some very rugged terrain....terrain where you might very easily fall over and break a wrist, twist an ankle or hurt your back...I might sound like a hypochondriac but am also a Dr so feel I can legitimately make that comment. I don't like that sort of terrain at the best of times and I REALLY don't like that kind of terrain where putting a foot wrong could result in any of the above plus a fall hundreds of meters to your death....obviously the latter was the main concern.

It didn't help that on day 2 (the hardest day re the difficulty of the terrain) it rained and rained and rained. We walked 9 of the 11km in water. I was terrified that the rocks (most of the track on day 2 is rocks) would be slippery but miraculously they were not. We were fortunate enough to be with Ultimate Hikes and this made the experience do-able for me. If we'd been in a DOC Hut at the end of Day 2 I think I would have died....getting into wet gear the next morning would have been hideous as would not having a hot shower (normally wouldn't care TBH) and a great meal...and a few wines!!!

Day 3 is easy. On day 3 we saw a young woman on her own walking in jeans with an umbrella and she was planning to do the whole track. I cannot emphasise enough...DO NOT walk in jeans...DO NOT rely on an umbrella ... DO NOT under-estimate this walk. This is in serious alpine terrain and the weather may sh*t on you at any time of year. The terrain is very, very rough...do not attempt it if you have weak ankles or a recent ankle injury or if you are not fit. Take lots and lots of layers (merino is best) and serious waterproof gear if the forecast so much as suggests rain....including water-proof trousers. We did not have these but wish we did. Fortunately the relentless forward motion kept us warm.
Written 23 March 2021
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