Routeburn Track
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Duration

2 Days/1 Night

Milford Sound
Routeburn Track

Prices (2014/2015)

Adult
 

Child 
(5-17 years)

Hut Passes (Per Night)

NZ$54.00

Free

Campsites (Per Night)

NZ$18.00

Free

Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.                      

Online Track Availability/Reservations

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The Routeburn Track will operate -

28 October 2014 to 30 April 2015

Routeburn Track is closed.

Reservations for the 2014/2015 season are available

Note - Payment for the independent Routeburn Track MUST be made at the time of making a reservation. 

No Payment/No Reservation
policy applies.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

BOOKING CONDITIONS

  • There is a non refundable deposit of NZ$135.00 per person plus Booking Fee payable at time of reservation.

  • There will be a NZ$10.00 per person change fee once reservation has been confirmed.

All fees must be paid before Track Hut Passes are issued. For safety reasons hut Passes are NOT transferable.

CANCELLATION & REFUND CONDITIONS

  • If cancellation is made prior to 10 Days before the start date of the walk and within 48 hours of making a booking - no cancellation fee will apply.

  • If cancellation is made prior 10 Days before the start date of the walk and after 48 hours of making a booking, a 25% cancellation fee will apply.

  • If cancellation is made within 10 to 3 days of track start date - a 50% cancellation fee will apply.

  • If altering or cancelling a booking within 2 days or less of track start date, a 100% cancellation fee will apply.

  • Medical circumstances that prevent customer walking track - must be accompanied by a medical certificate and requested within one month of the departure date .

  • On day of departure - NO REFUND

  • No refund on transport after tickets have been issued.

The Track cancellation & change fees are imposed by the Department of Conservation.

Department of Conservation will not be responsible for any costs incurred by intending walkers. 

The Department of Conservation recommends that you arrange travel insurance to guard against the loss of costs associated with cancellation or delay of your trip.

Track access is limited to 40 people per day.
 

TRACK TIMES

LEG

DISTANCE

TIME
Routeburn Shelter (Glenorchy) to Routeburn Flats Hut 6.5kms  2 - 3hrs
Routeburn Flat Hut to Routeburn Falls Hut  2.3kms 1 - 1.5hrs
Routeburn Falls Hut to Mackenzie Hut 11.3kms   5 - 6hrs
Mackenzie Hut to Lake Howden Hut  8.6kms 3 - 4hrs
Lake Howden Hut to The Divide (Milford) 3.4kms  1 - 1.5hrs

The minimum time to walk the track is 2 Days/1 Night

ROAD DISTANCES AND TIMES

LEG

DISTANCE

TIME

Queenstown - Glenorchy  47kms 40-50mins
Glenorchy - Routeburn road end  25kms 30 mins
Queenstown - Te Anau  197kms 2hrs
Te Anau - The Divide  85kms 1.5hrs
The Divide - Milford Sound 35kms 30-40mins


TRAVEL
There is a coach service from Queenstown to beginning of the Routeburn Track at 8am & 12 noon daily. Price approx: NZ$50.00 per person. Travelling time approx: 1.5hrs and is operated by InfoTrack Transport. For InfoTrack track Transport reservations.

Travel to The Divide from Te Anau or from Milford Sound to The Divide is by various bus/coach Operators.

Travel from The Divide to either Te Anau, Te Anau Downs (Beginning of the Milford Track) or Milford Sound is available by various bus/coach Operators.

EQUIPMENT
All walkers are to supply their own food, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, personal gear, cook their own meals & help to keep the huts clean & tidy.

Campers will also need - Tent, gas cooker & bed roll.

Please allow the minimum of 2 days to walk the Routeburn Track. A reasonable amount of fitness is required to walk the 12kms per day.

Weather in the Fiordland region is changeable. Heavy rain, driving wind and snow in summer can cause rapid temperature drops. Fording floodwaters up to a metre (3 feet) high may be necessary after heavy rain. Warm woollen or poly propylene clothing is essential.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation is provided at four Department of Conservation huts and two camp sites.

Huts have cold running water, gas cooking rings, heating, lighting and flush toilets. Walkers sleep in communal bunk rooms with mattress provided.

Camping is only permitted in the DESIGNATED CAMPSITES and campers MAY NOT use the Hut facilities.

Department of Conservation Staff are in residence at each of the Huts and have radio telephone access for weather updates and in cases of emergency.

Where can I park my vehicle... In Queenstown?

Your accommodation may allow you to store your car while you are walking if you intend to stay upon return. This is something that would have to be cleared before you left. If not, there is free parking on residential streets within walking distance to town and theft and vandalism is minimal.

In Glenorchy?

There is secure parking at the Glenorchy Holiday Park for a $10 fee.

In Te Anau?

Secure vehicle storage is provided by Safer Parking, 48 Caswell Rd, Te Anau. Track transport pickups can be arranged IN ADVANCE from this location.

NB: If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, make sure they are kept out of sight or in the boot of your car!

Is there any way to transfer my bags to Te Anau? Queenstown? Milford?

Yes, Topline Tours provide a bag transfer service between all 3 areas. The cost is $10/bag (up to 20kg) between Queenstown and Te Anau or Milford and Te Anau, and $20/bag from Queenstown and Milford Sound. Please note that bags weighing over 20kg will be charged extra.

Will I save money on track transport if I drive my car to Glenorchy and park it there?

If you are walking the Routeburn and doing a loop on the Greenstone or Caples, you will save money. However, if you are finishing your walk at the Divide, you will not save yourself anything.

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
If travelling within New Zealand, we would suggest you travel on InterCity Coachlines, Newmans Coachlines, Great Sights and Naked Bus services, train Services, Interislander and Bluebridge Ferry Services, by campervan or rental car or choose from a range of nationwide coach and bus passes.

With regards to accommodation, you can check availability and make reservations for Hostels, Backpacker, Motel, Apartment and Hotels using our Online Rates, Availability & Reservation service or our 'Need It Now accommodation' for special Internet Only accommodation rates.

Reservations for the Routeburn Track are essential.