Hike #7: Routeburn Track (Fjordland National Park)
True alpine trek, the Routeburn track will take you through forests and mountains. Passing through high-altitude lakes and wild meadows, you will discover majestic landscapes mixing mountain ranges and valleys, perched above the clouds.
About the hike
The Routeburn track is part of the Great Walks of New Zealand. These are hiking trails have good trails and bridges to cross the various obstacles such as streams.
For several days, and marked out camps, they allow to live a real experience in nature with breathtaking views. The Routeburn track can be done in 3 days (2 nights) however, it is not a loop. The route from the starting point of the hike to the arrival point is several hours long. Traveling in campervan, we made the decision to go halfway through the hike and turn around because we had no solution to recover the van at the end. In addition, we challenged ourselves to do it in one day! 🙂
Despite this compromise, the hike was beautiful and really worth doing. Crossing forests, meadows and rivers, you will reach the summit, above the clouds with a breathtaking view of the New Zealand fjords. You may have the chance to meet a Kea, endemic parrot and emblematic of New Zealand, so pay close attention to his songs.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate because it is a long hike but marked by multiple camps to rest.
Duration: 2 or 3 days.
Required equipment: Hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat / cap, camping gear, food for 2 to 3 days.
In conclusion, the Routeburn Track is a perfect hike to discover the New Zealand Fjordland and learn the alpine walk over several days. It is with regret that we could not do it in full. However, with our round trip in one day, we did 36km or 3km more than the entire hike, which is a small victory for us! 🙂
One end of the trail is at the Routeburn Shelter (near Glenorchy and 68 km from Queenstown). The other is at The Divide Shelter (on the road to Milford, 85 km from Te Anau).