Routeburn scenery
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Routeburn

Voted one of the World’s “Top Ten Classic Hikes” by Lonely Planet, the Routeburn Track is a hiking experience not to be missed. At 32-kilometres in length, this Great Walk is traditionally walked over three days although many trampers will choose to do it in two.

The Routeburn Track can be walked in either direction but most people will start at the Routeburn Shelter, near Glenorchy in the East, and finish at the Divide Shelter, just outside Milford and Te Anau in the West. The Track can also be walked from The Divide Shelter in the West, finishing at the Routeburn Shelter in the East. Regular bus services run to either end of the track from Queenstown.

As the iconic Milford Sound is located just 45 minutes drive West of The Divide, a scenic day cruise can easily be incorporated in to your itinerary. Travel the length of Milford Sound on a two hour nature cruise with Mitre Peak then return to Queenstown by bus the same evening. See our Transport Packages page for more information.

Please note that Routeburn Track hut reservations must be made directly with the Department of Conservation.

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Routeburn Track Essential Information

Time: 2-4 days

Track length: 32km

Distance from Queenstown: 68km (Routeburn Shelter)

Number of huts/campsites: 4 / 2

Grade: Easy tramping track - well-formed with gradual climbs.

Highlights: The Routeburn is a Great Walk for a reason: as well as unbeatable scenery the track offers a high standard of facilities and is well-maintained, making it ideal for all levels of hiker. Look carefully and you may even spot an endangered species of bird, such as the “Mohua” (Yellowhead).

 

Routeburn Track Timetable

FROM TO DEPARTURE TIMES PRICE
(ADULT/CHILD)
Queenstown
Glenorchy
8am BOOK
12.15pm BOOK
4pm* BOOK
$15 $21
Routeburn Shelter
8am BOOK
12:15pm BOOK
4pm* BOOK
$35 $47
Divide
6:55am BOOK
10:45am BOOK
$58 $78
Glenorchy
Queenstown
10:30am BOOK
3pm BOOK
4:45pm* BOOK
$15 $21
Routeburn Shelter
7am* BOOK
9:15am BOOK
1:30pm BOOK
$20 $26
Routeburn Shelter
Queenstown
10am BOOK
2pm BOOK
5.30pm* BOOK
$35 $47
Glenorchy
10am BOOK
2pm BOOK
5.30pm* BOOK
$20 $26
Greenstone
10am BOOK
$20 $36
The Divide
Queenstown
10.10am BOOK
3.15pm BOOK
$58 $78
Queenstown inc Milford Sound cruise
11am BOOK
$90 $159

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Map of Track

The Divide Shelter

To Queenstown:

10:15am and 3:15pm

 

To Milford Sound:

11am (for cruise)

The Routeburn Shelter

To Queenstown or Glenorchy:

10am and 2pm

 

To Greenstone Car Park:

10am

Muddy Creek

To Queenstown or Glenorchy:

10am

 

Chinaman's Bluff

To Queenstown or Glenorchy:

2pm

 

The Divide

To Queenstown:

10.15am and 3.15pm

 

To Milford Sound:

11am (for cruise)

Greenstone Car Park

To Queenstown and Glenorchy:

12pm

The Divide

To Queenstown: 10.10am and 3.15pm

To Milford Sound: 11am

 

The Routeburn Shelter

To Queenstown or Glenorchy: 10am & 2pm

To Greenstone Car Park: 10am

Muddy Creek

To Queenstown or Glenorchy: 10am

Chinaman's Bluff

To Queenstown or Glenorchy: 2pm

Greenstone Car Park

To Queenstown or Glenorchy: 12pm

Queenstown

To Glenorchy: 8am & 12.15pm

To Routeburn Shelter: 8am & 12.15pm

To Muddy Creek: 8am

To Chinaman's Bluff: 12.15pm

To Greenstone Car Park: 8am

To Divide/Milford: 6.55am & 10.45am

Glenorchy

To Queenstown: 10.30am and 3pm

To Routeburn Shelter: 9.30am and 1.30pm

To Muddy Creek: 9.15am

To Greenstone Car Park: 9.15am

To Chinaman's Bluff: 1.15pm

Glenorchy

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Routeburn

One of New Zealand’s Great Walks, stretching 32km between Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. Finish your hike with a trip to the magnificent Milford Sound.

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