General

DAY 1

Your Routeburn Track walk tour adventure begins with a coach ride from Queenstown to the Divide highway on the scenic Milford Road. From here you climb a well-graded track to Key Summit. Here you can sit along the alpine trees and participate in The Annual General Meeting of the Mountains.

Afterwards, come down to the Lake Howden hut. Picnic lunch and hot drinks will be served.

After lunch you will go uphill through the extensive, New Zealand’s endemic silver beech forest. Once you reach the base of Earland Falls, enjoy a fair sight in the wet weather. This Routeburn Track walk offers you an excellent view of the Hollyford Valley and the snow-capped Darran Mountains.

Our 1st day itinerary ends with the downhill journey to the luxurious lodge along Lake McKenzie. Relax after the reviving hot shower and lip-smacking three course meal; a cosy arrangement awaits you.  

Distance: 14KM/8.7MILES – 5-6 HOURS WALKING
Meals: LUNCH – DINNER

DAY 2

Enter the  moss and lichen covered ancient forest and the alpine bliss of daisies, edelweiss, gentians, buttercups. Enjoy the scenic view of the Darran Mountains across the Hollyford Valley that curves through Fiordland to the faraway Tasman Sea at Martins Bay.

After having your lunch at the Harris Saddle (1277m), you can go uphill to  the Conical Hill to get a panoramic view of the neighbouring peaks. Walk through the Lake Harris to get closer to the mountains towering above the Routeburn River upper basins.

Spend your second night at luxurious Routeburn Falls with the cheeky & comical Keas – the only alpine parrots.

Distance: 15KM/9.4MILES – 5-7 HOURS WALKING
Meals: BREAKFAST – LUNCH – DINNER

DAY 3

The indulging landscape of the surrounding falls will confine your mind before you start downhill to the alpine meadows of the Routeburn Flats. Enjoy the unexpectedly surprising highlights of the Routeburn River Gorge on your way. The Routeburn river displays its true strength here.

You will be guided through the lush green route, along the deep green pools. Have a picnic under the sky, within the gorgeous nature. After lunch, walk through the red beech trees to the Road End.   

Coach transfer will be given to Queenstown with a stop at the Glenorchy for a group photograph. The photograph will be presented to you at a celebration dinner in the evening.

Distance: 10KM/6.1MILES – 3-4 HOURS WALKING
Meals: BREAKFAST – LUNCH – DINNER

Tour Prices and Dates

  • Routeburn Track Walk Tour (Guided) Dates
Low season

1 November  – 30 November
and 1 April  – 20 April

High season

1 December  – 31 March

  • Accommodation

Private Twin/Queen Room

Low season

Twin/Share: AUD$ 1690.00

Single: AUD$ 2120.00

High season

Twin/Share: AUD$ 1840.00

Single: AUD$ 2260.00

Multishare Room – Bunkstyle – Share Bathroom – 4 – Persons

Low Season – AUD$ 1290.00

High Season – AUD$ 1440.00

Routeburn Track – Track Start and Finish Guide 3 Days, 2 nights, departs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.

Start – Finish
Monday – Wednesday
Tuesday – Thursday
Wednesday – Friday
Friday – Sunday
Sunday – Tuesday

BRIEFING

Pre-Track Briefing For all our multi day walks it is essential you attend your pre-track briefing the evening prior to departure. This is held in the Ultimate Hikes office, Top Floor, “The Station”, Corner of Camp & Shotover Streets, Queenstown.

Routeburn Track: 2.00pm
Check-in 1.45pm

Clothing requirements

Please remember the above tracks are in remote wilderness areas and the unpredictable nature of the weather in this region means that snow, winds and rain can occur at any time of the year. Hence, we suggest travellers to carry appropriate clothing. Details of the required clothing can be found in the “What to Bring” page of the Important Information section.

 

Pre-Track Accommodation

Pre-Track accommodation is required. It is essential that we know where you are staying. Please advise our office when you have finalised your bookings.

BOOKING PROCESS

To secure a reservation we require full payment at time of booking.

  • Cancellations Outside 90 days: AU$100.00 per person
  • Between 89-60 days: AU$200.00 per person
  • Between 59-21 days: 50% of full fare Within 21 days: 100% of full fare

All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellation fees are charged on the following basis per person: These fees are non negotiable, we strongly recommend you take out travel insurance.

Children’s prices apply to those 10-15 years inclusive. Sorry, we do not take children under 10 years of age on our guided walks.

If you are over 70 years, please consult your doctor to check your physical fitness.

We suggest you take out comprehensive travel insurance. This normal precaution does not reflect any likelihood of accident, injury or loss during your guided walk. If you book any of our multiday guided walks, please inform us of where you are staying in Queenstown or Te Anau the night prior to your departure and if you have any specialised dietary requirements.

Note: The tour operator reserves all right to alter, amend or cancel the trip due to bad weather or any other circumstance without any prior notice. Once the walk has departed from Queenstown, no portion of the package payment will be refunded to an individual or a group. In case, they are unable to proceed forward.     

Routeburn Track walk tour operator Tick-It Pacific Tours is not liable for any kind of sickness, injury, loss, damage, delay, accident caused due to any defect in any vehicle, ship, aircraft; or bad weather; or failure of the company responsible for conveying the travellers; and act of god.

Available departures

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