HikeSouth: 4 day/3 night Routeburn Track Walk - Freedom Plus
Routeburn Track – Freedom Plus
- Between Glenorchy and The Divide
- One of New Zealand's Great Walks
- A moderate level of fitness is required
- 1 nights budget accommodation in Queenstown,
- 2 nights on the trail,
- transport from Queenstown to Routeburn Shelter and from The Divide to Te Anau
What to Bring:
First thing is make sure you have well worn good fitting boots or tramping shoes.
Suggested list of what to bring;
Pair of shorts, trousers.
Thick woolen or fleece top.
Thermal long johns and shirt.
Socks, underwear and handkerchief.
Small towel or flannel.
Warm hat and light gloves.
Waterproof coat with hood. Favourite boots or walking shoes.
Pair of light shoes or sandals.
Pack with waterproof liner.
Small personal torch, water bottle.
Personal medicine, toilet bag
Insect repellent, sunblock.
Camera and film.
Some people like gaiters and others use walking sticks.
Freedom Walk customers need to add a sleeping bag and kitchen equipment to the list above except on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track where the huts have a full compliment of cooking and kitchen equipment available. Gas cookers are also provided on the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks.
Budget accommodation in Queenstown is included in this package.
Routeburn Falls and MacKenzie Huts are public DOC huts. Bookings are essential during summer. There is no power but there is lighting and heating in the main kitchen / dining area, flush toilets are in an outside ablution block, gas cooking facilities are provided during summer months. You will need to provide your own cooking equipment. Bunk rooms have communal sleeping with mattresses provided.
A moderate level of fitness is required. To enjoy your walk you need to be able to walk for 4– 7 hours over 9 – 12 km ( 5 - 7 miles ) each day. The track is a mixture of natural bush and mountain tracks. You do need carry your own pack from lodge to lodge which is likely to be 7 to 12 kg.
Children aged 17 and under and must be accompanied by an adult. Multi day tracks are not typically recommended for children under 10.
DAY 1: Arrive in Queenstown Stay the night at Discovery Lodge in Queenstown. Collect your Great Walks pass and Track Guide from Department of Conservation (DoC) office, Shotover St, Queenstown.
DAY 2: Queenstown, Glenorchy, Routeburn Falls Hut
Walk 3-4 hours / 9km ( 5 m )
Coach from Queenstown to the start of the track past Glenorchy. Climb via Routeburn Flats to Routeburn Falls through a rich mixed Beech forest as you slowly gain altitude from the valley floor. Serpentine Slip, the Sump, Sugarloaf and Bridal Veil streams ... plenty to see along this section.
DAY 3: Routeburn Falls, Mackenzie Hut
Walk 5-7 hours / 11 km ( 7 m ) Today is divided into three distinct sections: the climb to Routeburn Falls, the traverse around moraine and bluffs to the Harris Saddle and the descent to Lake Mackenzie Basin. As the track starts to climb you leave the trees and enter the alpine world of daisies, buttercups, gentians and edelweiss.
At the Harris Saddle the views get even better if you climb Conical Hill with a 360 degree panorama.
The traverse along the Hollyford Face is for many people the most spectacular scenery of the whole track. With the Darran Mountains above and the Hollyford Valley far below, you are in big country.
DAY 4: Lake Mackenzie, The Divide, Te Anau
Walk 5-6 hours / 12km ( 7m )
Via the Earland Falls to Howden Hut. At Key Summit take a short side trip for breathtaking views of the Hollyford, Greenstone and Eglington Valleys. A gentle down hill walk to the Divide through silver beech forest where you meet your transport for Te Anau
Departure Dates: From late October to April we have regular departures that depend on availability and schedule of services. Great Walks season is from 26th October 2009 to 26th April 2010 and 27th October 2010 to 26th April 2011
The Routeburn Track starts several kilometres beyond Glenorchy and finishes at the Divide on the main road between Te Anau and Milford Sound. Track transport form Queenstown and to Te Anau is included in this Freedom Plus package.
Transport sectors for the Routeburn Track Freedom Plus
- Bus from Queenstown to Glenorchy and Routerburn Shelter- 73km, 70 minutes trip - Departs from Information and Track Centre at 8am
- Bus from the Divide to to Te Anau - 85km, 1.5 hour trip - Departs from the Divide daily at 5.00pm