About the Routeburn Track
The Routeburn Track is one of the Great walks of New Zealand that goes through the Southern Alps. It’s a 3-day hike on the South Island that crosses Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. It’s one of the most beautiful hikes in New Zealand and in the world, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and going through lush forests, alpine meadows, crystal-clear rivers, and alpine lagoons. Although pretty short, this hike is considered to be fairly difficult with some parts of the trail being physically demanding. Some other hikes that we’ve covered in New Zealand include the Kepler Track, the Milford Track, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and the Te Araroa.
Statistics About the Routeburn Track
- Start point: Routeburn Shelter, South Island, New Zealand
- End point: The Divide, South Island, New Zealand
- Total distance: 32 km / 20 miles
- Total altitude gain/loss: 1477 m / 4846 ft
- Highest point: 1255 m / 4188 ft (Harris Saddle)
- Regions crossed: Queenstown Lakes District (Otago), Southland
- Points of interest: Fiordland National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park, Routeburn river, Mount Tutuko
- Time to finish: Typically 2 to 4 days
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