Routeburn Track - New Zealand, Grade 4, 33km

Routeburn Track - New Zealand, Grade 4, 33km

From February 26, 2021 10:40 am until February 28, 2021 12:40 pm

Posted by Dianne Ross

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Route burn Track 25th – 27th Nov

33 km one way

Walking and tramping

3 days Intermediate

: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season

About this track


What to expect

Great Walk tracks are of a higher standard than most other tracks so are well formed and easy to follow. The tracks are usually quite wide depending on the terrain – some fit two people walking side by side in flat areas.

The surface is usually gravel, rock or dirt, and like any track can get slippery in wet weather.

Most rivers and waterways on these tracks have sturdy bridges. Occasionally there are also small streams that cross the track but are usually easy enough to step across safely. Be aware that in wet weather rivers can rise very quickly and flood the tracks.

There are hill climbs where the track becomes steeper, which is all the better for views.

Walking options

Walk the full track. Most walkers take 3 days/2 nights usually staying at Lake Mackenzie and Routeburn Falls huts. The trip can be extended by also staying at the other huts and made into a circuit by linking with the Greenstone and Caples Tracks, which starts and finishes near the Routeburn Shelter.

Enjoy a day walk. Earland Falls Track

 | Key Summit Track Lake Howden Track | Routeburn Nature Walk

Places to stay

There are 4 huts and 2 campsites along the Routeburn Track, which must be booked in advance during the Great Walks season.

Be aware that huts and campsites can book out many months is advance. Bookings for the coming summer season usually open in February - exact opening dates will be advised on our website closer to the time. 

Camping outside the designated campsites or staying overnight in the shelters, even when huts and campsites are fully booked, is not permitted. The track is patrolled by DOC rangers.

Hut facilities

In the Great Walks season these include:

  1. Decide what direction you want to walk the track in - from Routeburn Shelter near Queenstown or the Divide Shelter near Te Anau. Note, shuttles and vehicle relocations are available between both ends.
  2. For the direction you want to walk in, decide what huts or campsites you want to stay at. Consider:
  3. Decide the date you want to stay at each hut/campsite.
  4. Check availability of huts and campsites for space in each hut/campsite on the date you want to stay. If there is no space in one of the huts/campsites you want to stay at, consider:
  5. Check the availability of transport services on your desired date.
  6. Book huts/campsites. If you're booking campsites you'll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required.Booking is required in the summer season for all ages.
  7. Optional: Book transport to/from the start/end of the track with a transport operator.Read the booking terms and conditions (scroll to the bottom to find the Terms and Conditions link) for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates and the alterations and cancellations policy. Bookings not meeting the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.Guided groups: To operate a commercial activity in an area managed by DOC, you need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions Getting thereOne track end is at the Routeburn Shelter (near Glenorchy and 68 km from Queenstown). The other is at The Divide Shelter (on the Milford Road, 85 km from Te Anau).View DOC-approved businesses that provide services in:
  8. Transport operators and guided options

  9. Routeburn Track location map
  10. To make multiple bookings for facilities/services on behalf of customers, you must obtain permission or an agent agreement from DOC. To do this, email:
  11. Booking on behalf of others
  12. Terms and conditions
  1. Plan your trip
  2. Tell someone
  3. Be aware of the weather
  4. Know your limits

Take sufficient supplies