An ultimate alpine adventure, Routeburn track is rated as New Zealand’s the best great walk. And there is no one reason for it. We list down a quick overview of what makes the Routeburn track so special.
1. This 32 kilometres stretch which takes 2-4 days of walking passes through two national parks- Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks and is part of Te Wāhipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. The area is a haven for native birdlife where one can find the Robin; Yellowhead; Parakeet; Bellbird; and the resident Kea at Routeburn Falls!
2. The landscape, which is both scenic and adventurous, will astound you. With swing bridges, flat and steep climbs thrown in with mountainous peaks, alpine basins and pure blue water in lakes, cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forest, there is not a moment you wouldn’t be in awe of nature’s beauty.
3. Conical Hill gives a spectacular view of the Hollyford Valley through to Lake McKerrow, Martins Bay and the Tasman Sea. Though trekking to this point will take around an hour, allow some time to enjoy the scenic view.
4. Being a Great Walk track, the Routeburn track is of a higher standard than most other tracks which means they are easy to follow and are well formed. The walking tracks are wide through most of the terrain and can fit two people walking side by side.
5. The accommodation option in Routeburn Flat Huts adds ease and class to the camping experience in this Great Walk. This also means that the experience can be enjoyed by newcomers. There are four huts which are well furnished with clean running water, bed and mattresses and cooking facilities. The more adventurous lot can pitch their tent on the campsites which can be booked in advance. There are three campsites available for lodging.