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Tramping
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* '''Backpackers Express''',''03'' 442 9939, ''03'' 442 7171, [http://www.glenorchyinfocentre.co.nz]. to arrange for transport to any of the below tracks from either Queenstown or Glenorchy.
** '''[[RouteburnTrack]]'''. One of the DOC's ''Great Walks''. 32km through Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. Not a circuit track, so take this into consideration. However hiking from the Glenorchy end of the track you could link it with the Caples or Greenstone tracks to keep a base out of Glenorchy. The Routeburn takes an average of 3 days, 2 nights to complete. Peak season is late October to late April and bookings are '''required'''. During peak season the huts are supplied with gas cookers, cold running water and some heating. During the off peak season, especially during winter, the track may be impassable.** '''[[Greenstone -CaplesTrack]]'''. A DOC ''Major Track''. Actually two separate tracks, but often taken together as a circuit. As a circuit the track is a moderate four to five day hike. Either of these tracks could be linked with the Routeburn as well or simply walked in one direction.** '''[[Rees-DartTrack]]'''. A DOC ''Major Track''. A moderately demanding circuit track taking four to five days of six to eight hours of walking. The fifth day is added if an extra day trip to the Dart Glacier is taken. Mt Earnslaw (Pikirakatahi) and Slip Stream (Te Koroka) are Töpuni (sacred) sites of the Ngāi Tāhu Maori tribe. This track can also be linked to the Cascade Saddle track, but is suggested only for very experienced trampers.
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