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Routeburn Track

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The Routeburn Track is a hiking trail on the South Island of New Zealand.


The Routeburn track is a tramping (hiking) track situated in the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring national parks, in the South Island of New Zealand. Its origins are in historical maori walking tracks used to walk between locales.

The Routeburn track is 32km long. 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 accomodation during peak summer months. These must be booked in advance through the Department of Conservation.



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.


Stay safe[edit]

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.

Get out[edit]

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