Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk

This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park is a gradual ascent through 130 million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens & beech forest. Highlights include spectacular snow-capped mountain and lake views, a variety of bird life and beautiful natural ancient native beech forest.

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk

A journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn walk. As you travel northwest on a road that clings to the very edge of the lake, your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the region. From time to time the road rises to superb vantage points where you will enjoy unparalleled panoramas of jagged, snow-capped mountains, rolling alpine farmland and acre upon acre of glorious lake land tussock meadows. Beyond the township of Glenorchy the road crosses the blue ribbons of the Rees and Dart Rivers to reach the dense verdant belt of the Routeburn Valley.

Your walk begins among towering ancient beech, climbing gradually through blankets of forest moss and fern and skirting the thundering Routeburn through the gorge it has carved over time. Just 2.5 hours walk later the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains.

After a delicious Kiwi style picnic lunch enjoy the valley in reverse, exploring the old paths of the Maori travellers as we travel along their old ‘Greenstone’ trails, finding new enjoyment around each corner. Native and migratory birds welcome your return to the forest and a plentiful array of species will accompany your journey back to civilisation.

See for yourself why the actors and crew fell in love with this stunning location.

Tour Type: Activity
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: Full day
Tour Code: DZQN16

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Tour Inclusions

  • Informative / experienced guide
  • Delicious Kiwi style picnic lunch
  • spectacular snow-capped mountains
  • Gorgeous lake views
  • A variety of bird life
  • Beautiful natural ancient native beech forest - mosses, lichens and ferns
  • waterfalls and river gorges


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $199 NZD $140 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 8.00am.

Children: Child age is 8 - 14 years.

What to bring:
  • Sensible footwear - closed-toe
  • Warm hat / sunhat / gloves
  • Waterproof / windproof jacket and warm clothing for changeable weather
  • Small day pack
  • Camera
Additional notes:
  • Walking time: 3 - 5 hours (optional)
  • Walking distance: between 13 - 18 kilometres (moderate)
  • Track: well formed walking track (up to 9 kilometres each way)
Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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I did the one day Routeburn Track with Guided Walks at the end of October.

Stefan was our guide. On the drive from Queenstown through Glenorchy to the start of the hike he pointed out historical sites, explained about Maori legends and the geography of the area.

The day was a perfect sunny spring day and had plenty of photo opportunities. I just carried a day pack with my water, snacks and lunch all provided by Guided Walks. We hiked about 16kms round trip and stopped along the way to listen to the birds or check out a tree or plant. Again our guide was very knowledgeable about the plants, birds, animals and terrain we were walking through. Took the time to walk with and talk with each member of the walk.

I highly recommend Guided Walks.It was a fantastic day. Loved. the fresh air and mountain scenery.
Thank-you Stefan.
Full day hike on the Routeburn Track. David was our guide and extremely knowledgeable–highly recommend!!