Starting at the Queenstown side of the Southern Alps and ending at the Divide on the Te Anau side, The Routeburn Track is a trekking/tramping track running through New Zealand’s South Island. It is a famous track among hikers and trekkers worldwide and is 32 kms long. Along with its popularity, the track is also recognized by National Geography, which featured it as one of the top 11 trails in the world in 2005.
This majestic 32 km hike is a favourite of many hikers. Due to the extensive time required to complete the track, there are camping sites and huts along the way for the hikers. Most of the trail goes through the ridges on the High Saddle, overlapping the Mt. Aspiring National Park and the Fiordlands National Park. This route is also often called a 'tramping' route. Along the way, you'll see many beautiful sceneries and native NZ birds accompanying you for the distance.
There are four prominent huts along the track for trampers to halt; Routeburn Falls Hut, Lake Howden Hut, Routeburn Flats Hut and Lake Mackenzie Hut. The shelter set up at Harris Saddle is for emergency purposes. The track runs through two national parks; Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park.
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