Routeburn Track Guided Hike (Full Day)

Highlights

  • Discover one of the best New Zealand Great Walks by hiking a portion of the Routeburn Track, situated against the scenic Southern Alps in UNESCO-listed Mt. Aspiring National Park. The Routeburn Track is a trekker’s paradise, teeming with snow-capped mountain peaks, ice-carved valleys, and alpine lakes. A moderate level of fitness is required, as you’ll cover up to 13 miles (22 km) over the course of the day. After morning pickup from your hotel or central meeting point in Queenstown, you’ll travel by mini-coach to the starting point for your full-day guided hike. Set out at a moderate pace along a forest trail of centuries-old southern beech trees and podocarps, and learn about the unique flora of Mt. Aspiring National Park.  Along the way, your guide shares information about the historical significance of the Routeburn Track and how it was used by the pre-European Maori people to search for valued greenstone. Keep an eye out for some of the park’s 59 bird species including the flightless takahe bird, the endangered mohua (yellowhead) bird, and the kea—the world’s only alpine parrot. Follow your guide across Routeburn Canyon, where you may dare to take a refreshing plunge into the river. You’ll take periodic breaks for provided snacks and lunch, and to check out scenic spots and cascades such as Routeburn Falls.  Relax on the return drive to Queenstown and feel a sense of accomplishment after tramping through some of New Zealand’s most stunning alpine landscapes.

Summary

Discover one of the best New Zealand Great Walks by hiking a portion of the Routeburn Track, situated against the scenic Southern Alps in UNESCO-listed Mt. Aspiring National Park. The Routeburn Track is a trekker’s paradise, teeming with snow-capped mountain peaks, ice-carved valleys, and alpine lakes. A moderate level of fitness is required, as you’ll cover up to 13 miles (22 km) over the course of the day. After morning pickup from your hotel or central meeting point in Queenstown, you’ll travel by mini-coach to the starting point for your full-day guided hike. Set out at a moderate pace along a forest trail of centuries-old southern beech trees and podocarps, and learn about the unique flora of Mt. Aspiring National Park.  Along the way, your guide shares information about the historical significance of the Routeburn Track and how it was used by the pre-European Maori people to search for valued greenstone. Keep an eye out for some of the park’s 59 bird species including the flightless takahe bird, the endangered mohua (yellowhead) bird, and the kea—the world’s only alpine parrot. Follow your guide across Routeburn Canyon, where you may dare to take a refreshing plunge into the river. You’ll take periodic breaks for provided snacks and lunch, and to check out scenic spots and cascades such as Routeburn Falls.  Relax on the return drive to Queenstown and feel a sense of accomplishment after tramping through some of New Zealand’s most stunning alpine landscapes.

Tour info

Duration
10 hours
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Why take this tour?

Explore a portion of the famous Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks,' on a day trip to the stunning Mt Aspiring National Park. Hike at a moderate pace on a trail that rises gradually from meadows and forest towards snow-capped peaks and hear informative commentary about the region and its flora and fauna from your expert guide. Lunch and snacks along with round-trip transport from Queenstown are included.

What’s included?

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Local guide

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

  • Selected Queenstown Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Gratuities

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Before you book

  • Duration: 10h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

About operator:

Nomad Safaris offers guided 4WD and Quad Bike tours around the Queenstown Lakes area. Half or full day and charter options are available. We offer very popular tours to Lord of The Rings filming locations where you can experience the phenomenon that is LOTR. We also run tours to Skippers Canyon or Macetown where you visit old goldmining ghost towns and hear about the unique history of pioneer New Zealand and have a go at goldpanning for yourself.

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