Routeburn Track


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Published: May 28th 2020
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Arriving at Key Summit
After finishing the Milford Track, I overnighted at Te Anau, before been picked up by the Ultimate Hikes coach to take us to the start of the Routeburn Track. The Routeburn Track is only a 3 day and 2 night trek, covering just over 32 kms.

The start of the walk was up hill and after about an hour we came to Key Summit. This gave you some great views over the lake and towards the mountains. The trail was quite easy and the rainfall over the last few days, gave the landscape some great waterfalls and swollen rivers. When going through some tree lined areas, the track was surrounded by trees covered by moss and granfathers beard which gave it an enchanted look. Absolutely beautiful.

Day two, was probably the best day of both treks. The weather was beautiful, the air crisp and the scenery simply amazing. The snow covered peaks were stunning and whilst not the height of the Himalayas, awe inspiring all the same. My attached pictures hopefully give you some feeling of the beauty of this area.

Day three and the rain was back with a vengeance. The track was fine and scenery lovely,
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View from Key Summit
but alot of time was taken with just watching where you were stepping to ensure you didn't fall. Trees were down over some parts of the track, so we had to divert around them. Eventually got to the trail end, where our transport awaited us. At the end of the trail, we were able to change out of our soaked gear before travelling back to Queenstown, after a stop in a local pub, for a rewarding beer.

Ultimate Hikes is certainly a well organised company. Their accomodation, food and guides were faultless.

Between the Milford Track and the Routeburn Track I would probably say I preferred the Routeburn for its scenery. The bad weather which impacted both treks was unfortunate but the benefit of travelling with Ultimate Hikes was that their huts gave you great accomodation and the benefit to launder your clothes to start fresh next day.


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Track with moss and granfather's breard, looking enchanted
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On way to Mackenzie Lodge, Earland Falls
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View across the valley
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View of track and across valley
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Again, beautiful track, with ferns and moss ground cover.
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Great view across valley
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Approaching Mackenzie Lodge
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Looking towards Lake Mackenzie
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Walking towards Ocean Peak Corner
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Views from Ocean Peak Corner
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Views from Ocean Peak Corner
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More views from Ocean Peak Corner, was certainly a special place to sit and take in the view
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On the way down to Routeburn Falls Lodge
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View from Conical Hill
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On way down to Routeburn Falls Lodge
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On way down to Routeburn Falls Lodge


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