Routeburn Track

The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, a set of premier tramping tracks.  Straddling Fiordland National Park and Mt Aspiring National Park, the Routeburn’s highest point is 1300 metres and its lowest point is 477 metres.  There are  rivers, lakes, forests, tussocklands and alpine views  – wild and scenic landscapes in its 32 kilometres.  We set off from the Divide (near the Homer Tunnel on the Milford Road) and completed the track three days later at Glenorchy, at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu.

Day One – the Divide to Lake Mackenzie Lodge (12km)

Heading up to Key Summit, with a view of Mt Christina

Track to Key Summit

Leaving our packs on the track at the turn-off, we took a 30 minute walk up to Key Summit.

 

View of My Christina from Key Summit

View of Mt Christina from Key Summit

 

Leaving Lake Howden Hut after lunch

 

 

At the base of Earland Falls

 

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Approaching Lake Mackenzie Lodge

 

Day Two – Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls (11km)

 

Lake Mackenzie

 

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NZ native Kakaha or bush flax (astelia fragrans)

 

Early on day two - leaving the lodge behinmd (

Early on day two – leaving the lodge behind (centre of photo)

 

Northern ? end of Lake Mackenzie

Upstream end of Lake Mackenzie

 

Up the Zig Zag to Ocean View Corner

Up the Zig Zag to Ocean View Corner

 

Harris Saddle Shelter for lunch

Harris Saddle Shelter for lunch

 

Winding around Lake Harris

Winding around Lake Harris

 

Rocky track around Lake Harris

Rocky track around Lake Harris

 

 

Lake Harris from the upper Routeburn Valley

 

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Day Three – Routeburn Falls to Routeburn road (9km)

 

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Routeburn River and Flats

 

South Island Robin in its preferred habitat on the forest floor

South Island Robin  foraging on the forest floor

 

Tributory to the Routeburn River

Routeburn River

 

Forest walking close to track end

Forest walking close to track end

For further information:
https://www.ultimatehikes.co.nz/en/guided-walks/the-routeburn-track
http://www.doc.govt.nz/routeburntrack

 

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