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).