Routeburn Track Great Walk
Routeburn Track Guided Walk
Hiking through dramatic alpine scenery
Enjoy a guided day walk from Te Anau to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track, a New Zealand Great Walk. Ascending through lush forest and into a unique alpine herb field offering panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes and bush clad valleys far below. This guided walk offers an incredible day out in the heart of New Zealand South Island main mountain divide.
A one-of-a-kind guided day walk
This spectacular walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest and onto a unique alpine herb field. On the summit, hikers experience panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes, and deep, glacial carved bush clad valleys. The Routeburn Track is an inspiring place to be and enjoy natural beauty.
Walking in a small group, your Trips & Tramps guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about this stunning natural environment.
Join Trips & Tramps from Te Anau, and travel to Fiordland’s mountain divide. This 8km return Routeburn Track walk begins at the Divide Shelter with a steady climb on a well maintained track. Gaining an elevation of 400 metres, the ascent takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely pace. On a fine day lunch is on the summit, and in unfavorable conditions in the shelter of a nearby tramping hut. After lunch if time allows, we hike further down the Greenstone Valley or towards Earland Falls before returning back to the Divide Shelter.
It was a wonderful experience to be on the Routeburn ...
It was a wonderful experience to be on the Routeburn Track with Douglas. His passion and knowledge of the area, plants, birds helped us to experience the natural beauty through his eyes. He was also able to point out where the new bridge was built to repair the washout. He was patient and informative. Wouldn’t hesitate to ask for him again of refer him to others.
A great group
A small group made for more personal experience. The guide had so much local historic and nature information.
We had an awesome day!
We had an awesome day today walking the Routeburn Track with your guide Michelle who was absolutely delightful and her knowledge was fascinating. Weather was perfect which just added to our amazing day.
Moderate workout in a breathtaking location with an excellent guide.
Moderate workout in a breathtaking location with an excellent guide. 8 miles +/- with ~1,500' elevation change including descent to the Lake Howden Hut. We had a comfortable pace with a knowledgeable guide. It was a stunning location.
Enjoyable walk on the Routeburn Track
We really enjoyed our walk at the Routeburn track, even though it was raining during almost the whole trip. Our guide, Yvette, took very good care of us with the additional rain-wear she provided and the tips to keep us dry and warm. We also liked her stories during the trip and learned many new things about the region and New Zealand as a whole.
One of the best walks ever
We had one of the best walks ever and I have done a lot of walks. Renee was great, you are lucky to have her.
Fabulous hike up to Key SummitWe had a fabulous hike up to Key Summit and then to the first hut and beyond. Renee was really great. She did a wonderful job of hosting us, showing us amazing sights, educating us, and taking very good care of us. She made a very special day even better. We certainly will recommend you to our friends who plan visits to New Zealand!
- Earland Falls
- Greenstone Valley
- Howden Hut
- Key Summit, Routeburn Track
- Routeburn Track
- Te Anau
Add a picnic lunch or reusable water bottle to take with you (additional charge). If you have any dietary requirements for the lunch please let us know prior to the day so we can cater for these. Alternatively bring your own lunch, note there are no places to purchase food once we have left Te Anau. Refreshments and a light snack will be carried by your guide.
8.30 am Te Anau accommodation pick up
10.00 am Arrive Divide, Routeburn Car park
Walk on the Routeburn Track to Key Summit, Howden Hut and possibly beyond.
3.30 pm Return to Divide
4.30 pm Te Anau accommodation
What to bring
Please bring comfortable walking boots or shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing including hat and gloves, sun screen and sun hat, camera, lunch and water bottle (if not pre ordered), day pack, personal medication if required, and insect repellent. Walking poles are optional. We can provide a jacket and walking poles, please advise in advance if either of these are required.
A professional hiking guide, all transport from Te Anau, safety gear, hot drinks and snacks.
A reasonable level of fitness and walking ability is required due to the 400-metre ascent and descent. The walk is 7-10 km, with a walking time of 3 to 5 hours. The track is well graded and wide, with no drop offs. Not suitable for children under 8 years. On occasion, wet weather and cold conditions in the alpine area may make conditions more challenging. We operate in most weather conditions, so guests need to be suitably prepared.
Minimum number is 2 people for this guided walk to go ahead. If you are a single person please contact us for availability.