Routeburn Track, Te Anau

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Hike across a variety of landscapes by following Routeburn Track, a renowned rainforest route in New Zealand. Most visitors take two to four days to cover the 32 km (20 mi) track, but you can also tackle shorter sections of it before returning to the starting point on the Queenstown side of the Southern Alps. Classified as one of the country's "Great Walks," this hiking route includes several huts and campsites along the way. Prepare for the route's long-distance views by charging your camera, or bring binoculars to see ever farther. If you choose to visit in the winter, remember that the track's alpine sections may require advanced mountaineering skills. Plan a Te Anau trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • The trail is one of my favorite memories in New Zealand. It is a beautiful and well-organised track and I would highly recommend to anyone. I used a car relocation service "EasyHike" and started Route...  more »
  • We only had time to do this as a day hike, so we just did the portion up to routeburn falls. The river and bridges are nice but at the start there are long parts where you are just walking on a flat g...  more »
  • I completed the Routeburn with my fiancé a few days ago. We got so lucky— it rained and snow the day before our hike but we had sunny skies and not a drop of rain. It took us 11.5 hrs, starting at the...  more »
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  • My goal was to make it to Harris Saddle and come back in one day but winter is here and right after Routeburn Falls Hut, the path was covered in ice and since you can't really walk on the side of the track, that was really dangerous. Even with my trekking poles I had to stop there and go back. It was a beautiful day though, cold but no clouds. If you do try to challenge it, you'll probably need more than 2h from this Hut to Harris Saddle, be really careful!
  • A challenging track to run. It had 4 seasons in one day, and the conditions underfoot always required my full attention! Very rocky, and often slippery when wet, but it's a very scenic area, and the views when not cloudy are spectacular!
  • I did the day trip to Lake Mackenzie and back. Once you passed the trees the view is absolutely amazing! Can highly recommend it.
  • Amazing walk. We had perfect weather. It is well worth hiking!
  • One of the most scenic hikes in the world. You get to see the enchanted forests (down low), the beautiful alpine scenery (up high), and spectacular valleys in front of you. An unforgettable experience!

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Where to stay in Te Anau

Despite its modest size, Te Anau offers a decent range of accommodations from which to explore the surrounding national park. Boutique hotels, economy motels with kitchenettes, and rental apartments cluster mostly in the town center, but also along the main roads that lead into it. Campsites offer a good option for those wanting a full-on outdoor holiday. Reserve in advance for busier periods.
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