Report in to the Department of Conservation centre in Queenstown the day before your departure to check weather, sign the intentions book and collect your hut passes. Own accommodation in Queenstown or Glenorchy.
Routeburn Shelter, Routeburn Falls
Walk 3-4 hours /9km ( 5 m )
track starts at Routeburn shelter several kilometres
past Glenorchy. The climb via Routeburn Flats to
Routeburn Falls takes you through a rich mixed
Beech forest as you slowly gain altitude from the
Slip, the Sump, Sugarloaf and Bridal Veil streams ... plenty
to see along this section.
Routeburn Falls, Mackenzie Hut
Walk 5-7 hours / 11 km ( 7 m )
divided into three distinct sections: the climb to Routeburn
Falls, the traverse around moraine and bluffs to the Harris
Saddle and the descent to Lake Mackenzie Basin.
As the track
starts to climb you leave the trees and enter the alpine world
of daisies, buttercups, gentians and edelweiss. At the Harris
Saddle the views get even better if you climb Conical Hill
with a 360 degree panorama.
along the Hollyford Face is for many people the most spectacular
scenery of the whole track. With the Darran Mountains above
and the Hollyford Valley far below, you are in big country.