Routeburn Loop with Milford Sound Cruise West to East

Date: May 9th, 2022

Combine a two – three day hike on the renowned Routeburn Track with a spectacular Milford Sound cruise. Only 45 minutes drive from the Divide Shelter at the Western end of the Track, this is the ideal way to include a excursion to Milford Sound in your tramping itinerary.

During the two-hour cruise, you will travel the length of the Sound whilst listening to informative commentary. Marvel at waterfalls, seal colonies and towering peaks. Complimentary hot drinks provided. Keep your eyes out for the dolphins and penguins!


  • Bus from Queenstown to the Milford Sound
  • Bus from Milford Sound to the Divide Shelter and Routeburn Shelter to Queenstown
  • Two hour Milford Sound cruise

Optional: $16 Picnic Lunch (sandwich, juice and slices/muffin), vegetarian and vegan options are available.


Day 1: Bus 7:00am Queenstown to Milford Sound (arrive 11:45am) – 12:45pm Milford Sound Cruise – 2:30pm Milford Sound to the Divide (arrive 3:15pm) – 12km walk to Lake Mackenzie Hut (4 -5.5 hours)
Day 2: Walk 11.3 km from  Lake Mackenzie Hut to Routeburn Falls Hut ( 4.5-6 hours)
Day 3: Walk 9.8 km from Routeburn Falls Hut to the Routeburn Shelter ( 3-4 hours) – 2:15pm bus from Routeburn Shelter to Queenstown


7am departure from the Queenstown connect with the 12:45pm Milford Sound Cruise.
Milford Sound to the Divide Shelter: 2:30pm

Routeburn Shelter to Queenstown:
9:45am, 2:15pm, 5:30pm (available for a certain period of the year, call for availability enquires)

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Queenstown E-Bike Hire

Date: September 4th, 2018

Freedom to adventure

ebikes hire queenstown

Explore Queenstown at your own pace in comfort and style on one of our purpose-built electric bikes. We have thought of everything no-one else has!! Brown stripes don’t suit everyone so our bikes have mudguards so you arrive in the same condition as you departed. Much cooler! When you shop you can bring your purchases home safely in the panniers fitted on every bike. You can be confident about getting back as well as getting there – we have fitted extra powerful batteries so those last few kilometres don’t ruin your day.

Our bikes are built for the Queenstown trails, a network of well-formed tracks around the region linking the shops, accommodation, activities along with the famous wineries of Gibbston. No matter where you are staying there will be a route to join and then freedom awaits.


Hire Details

The bikes are available from our shop in the heart of Queenstown at Info & Track, 37 Shotover Street, see our handy map. There are boys and girls type available, both are similarly equipped with panniers, racks and mudguards. The bikes come with internal gears, push-button throttle, mirrors and bell. Helmets and backpacks are available, helmets are included in the price and are mandatory on New Zealand roads. The bikes can be delivered to any accommodation by arrangement and are included in the price of hires of two days or more. Pricing can be in two hours, half-day, full-day and multi-day and as tabled below. Payment in full prior to departure along with a credit card imprint for the bond is required.


Duration Cost
1 Hour $30
2 Hours $50
3 Hours $70
Half Day $80
Full Day $105
Overnight (return by 11 am) $150
2 Days $195
3 Days $275
Insurance Cover $25

About our bikes

The Sprint 7 by Electric Bike Hub of New Zealand

The reasons we choose the Sprints are the same reasons you would. The component range of German and Japanese parts on a remarkable frame makes for efficiency and performance that win the experts purchasing decision. The intuitive “cruise control” type interface is like no other, creating a “set and forget” power setting that works for supreme ease of operation. Internal gearing means the chain cannot fall off.

The frames are highly adjustable to rider height and preferred riding posture. The Sprint 7’s sporty geometry and hi-capacity lithium battery are great for a practical mix of rural and commuter riding. Sprints are ideal for the trails, having the advantage of front-wheel corrective steering. The motor is the same V3 hi-torque version that won the 2015 Sun Trip 7000 km race across Europe, beating the younger riders on Bosch equipment by a full two days! It has hill-flattening power and intuitive controls!

Posted in: Ebikes

Hiking the Routeburn Track

Date: August 24th, 2018

Booking the Routeburn Huts

After hearing lots of awesome things about the Routeburn Track, I finally booked the hut. It can be booked here.

The Routeburn track is one of the Top 10 most beautiful hikes in the world. At 32 km long, people normally do it over two or three days, although I hear some super-fit people run the whole track in one day…not for me though.

Because of its popularity, the huts are normally booked out way in advance. So get in quickly, guys.

I got up nice and early on the day. Saw a beautiful sunrise in Queenstown, the colours are unlike anything I’ve seen before.  The sunrises in Queenstown are pretty spectacular, something everyone should see when they’re visiting Queenstown.

Queenstown Sunrise

Getting to the Routeburn Shelter

My friend Alisha and I headed to Info & Track at 37 Shotover St to catch the 8 am bus to the Routeburn Shelter.

The views along Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to Glenorchy are incredible. No wonder it’s one of the most beautiful drives in the world. So if you can, keep your eyes open and stay awake! The views are not to be missed!

We had a 30 minute stop in Glenorchy, which is a charming little town perched at the head of the lake, with a population of about 300. I had a coffee at the café called Glenorchy Post.  If you have time you can walk through town or down to the lake. It’s easy to get distracted by the views, so make sure you get back to the bus on time.

Routeburn Track

We arrive at the start of the track around 9:45 am and set off on the hike. The first section, from Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Flats hut, is pretty easy going.  The views are spectacular, with streams bubbling away, trees dripping with moisture, mini-waterfalls spilling on to the track. The lack of blue sky and the dense low lying cloud is far from making the hike miserable though.  It’s creating such a mystical atmosphere, even as we leave Routeburn Flats and the track starts to climb, the forest and the occasional spray from the waterfalls is a welcome distraction from my pounding chest and my heavy backpack. After three hours walking through this wonderland, we make it to the second hut, Routeburn Falls Hut. The waterfalls there are incredible. Looking back from where we have walked, we can see the valley below and how much elevation we have gained. All the hard work and sweat has paid off.Routeburn Track Transport

We soak up the views and catch our breath…there is still 10km to go.  A bite to eat, some water and we set off again for Lake Mackenzie Hut, our hut for the night.  From Routeburn Falls hut to Harris Saddle, it feels like we are walking through another world, the vegetation is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Beautiful Lake Harris is a perfect peaceful body of water, nestled amongst the mountains.  On a sunny, clear day, you might be tempted to go for a swim! We stop for lunch at Harris Saddle, the highest point on the track, and look back from where we came.  As we leave Mount Aspiring National Park behind and enter Fiordland National Park, it starts to rain. The Routeburn runs through the Hollyford Valley, which has an average rainfall of four metres a year…we knew we weren’t going to be staying dry! It is highly recommended to check the conditions of the track through the DOC (Department of Conservation) websites and the offices in Queenstown before going.  You should always expect rain and pack appropriate gear, you don’t want to be caught out.

On the approach to Lake Mackenzie hut, the vegetation changes again. It’s quite different to the other side of Harris Saddle. We finally reach our home for the night, Lake Mackenzie hut, around 4:30 pm.  After dropping our pack off in the hut, we headed to the kitchen to start cooking some food for dinner. The huts along the track are all very well equipped and maintained throughout the walking season, with ample cooking facilities and beds to lay your weary head after a long days hike.  There is gas, running water and even a fireplace for those colder evenings. During dinner, the DOC warden came and gave us some information about the Routeburn Track and Fiordland National park. We learned that the Routeburn Track is the only track in New Zealand that goes through two National parks, Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. This explains why the vegetation is so different before and after Harris Saddle.

Lake Mackenzie hut sleeps up to 50 people and can get busy in the peak summer months.  It’s a pretty cosy set up and the beds are right next to each other. With a full hut, you’re going to get a lot of snoring and noise during the night, so it is definitely recommended you take earplugs with you.  After a lovely dinner, we headed to bed, it had been very a long day.

We got up early again the second morning. The rain had stopped so we explored the area around Lake Mackenzie Hut before breakfast.  We set off on the track again around 9 am. We only had 12km to go, so we took it easy. As we had a bit more time this morning to get to the end of the track, we stopped to take lots of pictures. As predicted, the rain didn’t hold off for long, but we were treated to a beautiful rainbow. Always a wonderful sight when it’s raining.

From Divide to Queenstown

Towards the end of the track, there is the option to do a sidetrack, but we decided not to do the sidetrack because we didn’t want to miss our bus at 3 pm.  It turned out we were early, so we had to wait for a little while. It’s definitely important to leave yourself enough time to get to the bus on time.  The buses have other exhausted hikers on board finishing other tracks and have to keep to timetables, so if you aren’t there on time…you might be left behind and have to wait for the next one or the next day! We happily hopped on the bus and headed for home.  We were both exhausted and slept most of the way back to Queenstown. If you need to get dropped off before town, the drivers are very friendly and are willing to drop you at a convenient location on the route home.  Either near the airport or on Frankton Road.  Have a chat with the driver when you are near Queenstown and let them know.

I highly recommend ordering your favourite burger from Fergburger before you get to Queenstown, so it is ready for pick up when you get there.  Anyone would deserve it after a 32km hike! I definitely feel like I earned it.

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