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Rates valid until March 31, 2018
Rates valid for minimum 02 passengers travelling together
What is included in the tour
- Pick up from Central Queenstown Hotel
- Guided walk
- Comfortable Coach Travel
- Experienced Trekking Guide
- Comprehensive Commentary
- Free Wi-fi on the Coach
- Drop off at Central Queenstown Hotel
- All Taxes included (what you see is the final price per person)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals other than those specified in inclusions
- Drinks other than those specified in inclusions
- Tips (not mandatory)
A journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn walk. As you travel northwest on a road that clings to the very edge of the lake, your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the region. Recently glaciated there is a wealth of information imparted by your guide as you travel. From time to time, the road rises to superb vantage points where you will enjoy unparalleled panoramas of jagged, snow-capped mountains, rolling alpine farmland and acre upon acre of glorious lake land tussock meadows.
Make your way on this great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park with a gradual ascent, through 130 million-year-old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Explore forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along their old greenstone trails, finding enchantment around each corner. This walk is often described as, being “far better than the Milford Track”.
Just 2.5 hours down the track, the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost. The Flat is a pristine site to stop for lunch. After a delicious Kiwi style picnic lunch, we turn and enjoy the valley in reverse. Exploring the old paths of the Maori travellers as we travel along their old ‘Greenstone’ trails, finding new enjoyment around each corner.
Native and migratory birds welcome your return to the forest, and a plentiful array of species will accompany your journey back to civilization.
Due to the nature of the terrain, altitude and alpine conditions, the duration of this walk are entirely flexible and dependent on fitness levels. You can enjoy anything from a 16 kilometre to 23-kilometre return journey, as there is an option of walking another 1.5 hours to view the entire magnificent valley from the Routeburn Falls.
Track condition is excellent and though sturdy footwear is always advised, in fine weather athletic shoes are adequate. This is an excellent guided option for the winter months also.
All of our guided walks are selected for their natural beauty and their difference from each other. The Routeburn Track is an excellent walk for people interested in variety, lake river valley forests, mountain views, native birds or photography. The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s oldest trails and a renown Great Walk. We have been guiding this famous valley since 1868 and love sharing the history, fauna and birdlife.
WALKING TIME: 3 to 5 hours (optional)
WALKING DISTANCE: Between 13 - 18 kilometres (moderate)
TRACK: Well formed walking track (up to 9 kilometres each way)
HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular snow-capped mountain and lake views, a variety of bird life, beautiful natural ancient native beech forest - mosses, lichens and ferns - waterfalls and river gorge.
What to bring:
- Walking shoes/boots
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm sweater/fleece jacket
- Sunscreen/sunglasses/ sun hat
- Insect repellent