Routeburn Track

The Routeburn Track traverses the Southern Alps of New Zealand and passes through ice-carved valleys and beech forest.

Walk alongside pristine rivers and glistening alpine lakes offering breathtaking views and mountain scenery.

2-4 days
Mount Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks, south-west South Island
Nearest towns
Queenstown, Glenorchy, Te Anau and Invercargill
Nearest airport
Queenstown, Invercargill

Enjoy the variety of meadows, tussock flats, wetlands, and an impressive array of alpine plants. Walk this track in either direction from Glenorchy or from the Te Anau end on Milford Road.


  • Bird watchers can feast their eyes on tītitipounamu/tiny rifleman, mohua/rare yellowhead, whio/blue duck, goose-like paradise shelducks and cheeky kea, to name just a few
  • History buffs will love the old forge and blacksmiths camp. From here, a short track leads to the site which supported construction of the early bridle track
  • Take a side trip to Key Summit, which leads you above the bush line to an alpine wetland and with magnificent views of the Darran Mountains and the Hollyford Valley. Allow and extra 1.5 hours for the return trip

Find out more in the Routeburn Track brochure.

Things to know before you go

It is important to plan and prepare your trip and be well equipped on a Great Walk. For a full list of the equipment and preparation required for the Routeburn Track, plus the latest track updates and information on getting there, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Safety is your responsibility - It is important that you check in with the nearest DOC Visitor Centre prior to beginning your walk. For detailed safety information, including tramping conditions in New Zealand and The Outdoor Safety Code - 5 simple rules to help you stay safe - visit

Routeburn Track image courtesy of Will Patino