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Routeburn Track Day Hike

Full Day Guided Hike Departs Queenstown

Routeburn Track Day Hike

Full Day Guided Hike Departs Queenstown


  • Departs: 8.30am from Queenstown
  • Season: oct – Apr
  • Grade: Easy (Routeburn Flats) or Moderate (Routeburn Falls Hut)
  • Duration: Full day with transfers from Queenstown
  • Walking distance: 4 – 5 hours, 13km/8 miles (Routeburn Flats) or 6-8 hours, 17.6km/11miles (Routeburn Falls Hut)


  • Stunning scenic drive to the Routeburn Track
  • Experience one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks
  • Native flora and fauna
  • Bird life
  • Learn about the history


  • Hotel transfers from Queenstown
  • Experienced & qualified guide
  • Picnic lunch


Routeburn Track Day Hike - Routeburn Flats or the Routeburn Falls Hut

The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks and is the ultimate alpine adventure. On this day hike of the Routeburn Track, I will pick you up from your hotel in Queenstown for a picturesque hour drive along the lake towards Glenorchy. This stretch of road between Queenstown and Glenorchy was recently named “one of the most beautiful drives in the world” by Lonely Planet and you’ll see why when we stop at Bennett’s Bluff lookout along the way.

The beech forest signals the beginning of Mt Aspiring National Park where we start our journey on the renowned Routeburn Track. It is a leisurely walk on a smooth and flat path following the picturesque Route Burn river before heading up to the Bridal Veil Waterfall. A swing bridge then leads us through to the spectacular alpine pastures of the Routeburn Flats. You will learn about the history, bird life, flora and fauna in this remarkable part of New Zealand.

We will then find a tranquil spot to rest, take in the views and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch before walking back along the same track. This is a great option if you enjoy more of a scenic walk/hike as it is a total of 13km or 8 miles return and can take between 4 – 5 hours of walking time at a leisurely pace and gives you more time to marvel at the views.

If you are a keen hiker and feeling adventurous we have the option of continuing up to the Routeburn Falls Hut which leads us through stunning beech forest to take in the spectacular views of the Humboldt Mountains and the valley below. Recommended for people with a good fitness level as it is a total of 17.6km or 11 miles and can take between 6 – 8 hours of walking at a good pace. This is the perfect option if you do not have time to do the full 3-day hike and you get to experience hiking over half of the Routeburn Track!

After your amazing hiking experience on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, we will then head back to Queenstown, where you will enjoy sitting back and taking in the views.

What to wear and bring for a day hike

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – Some items we may be able to provide it to you, other items can be hired in Queenstown, please contact us for more informations 

  • Jacket/Coat – wind and waterproof with hood
  • Boots – sturdy, good fit, protected with dressing/polish
  • Treking pants/trousers
  • Top/ shirt – quick drying sports or hiking tops are best.
    Avoid cotton as although cool in the summer, it can be cold when wet or sweaty
  • Walking socks
  • Warm hat, beanie or balaclava and gloves or mittens
    Even in summer the weather can turn cooler in the evenings
  • Mid layer pullover: fleece tops or polartec type are ideal (light and quick drying)
    Cotton hoodies are not as warm and heavy when wet
  • Shorts
  • Day pack – ideally with a waterproof liner
    Pack should be light, strong and comfortable approx. 20-40 litres to carry your water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant, camera, snacks and extra clothing/ waterproof
  • Drink Bottle
    We can normally fill up along the way in streams so 1 litre is normally sufficient
  • Personal medication if required
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, lip balm and sunhatOPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS
  • Gaiters or Puttees – to keep out water and gravel
  • Thermals – long sleeved top and long johns (quick drying)
    The kiwi way is to wear them under shorts and t shirts
  • Over trousers – waterproof and windproof, essential if you get cold quickly
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Blister plasters/band-aid or tape
    Although we do carry a first aid kit too
  • Camera, spare batteries and spare memory card
  • Small day pack for personal items
  • Camera
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Walking shoes
  • Warm clothes (layers are best)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Gaiters (optional)

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