• Heading off on day two.
    Heading off on day two.
  • The perfect spot for a break.
    The perfect spot for a break.
  • Pineapple bush.
    Pineapple bush.
  • More top views on the Hollyford - straight out of 'Lord of the Rings'!
    More top views on the Hollyford - straight out of 'Lord of the Rings'!
  • The track down Routeburn Valley.
    The track down Routeburn Valley.
  • An Ultimate Hikes guide makes sure everyone crosses Harris Saddle safely.
    An Ultimate Hikes guide makes sure everyone crosses Harris Saddle safely.
  • The gorgeous Lake McKenzie.
    The gorgeous Lake McKenzie.
  • Our last night on the walk.
    Our last night on the walk.
  • Rain jackets were needed for the first day.
    Rain jackets were needed for the first day.
  • The views over the Southern Alps.
    The views over the Southern Alps.
  • Lake Harris.
    Lake Harris.
  • Our first night's accommodation after a day bushwalking in the rain.
    Our first night's accommodation after a day bushwalking in the rain.
  • A swingbridge on the last day of the walk.
    A swingbridge on the last day of the walk.
  • A DOC helicopter passes over Harris Saddle.
    A DOC helicopter passes over Harris Saddle.
  • Waterfalls were full during our wet first day on the track.
    Waterfalls were full during our wet first day on the track.
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Since the 1880's the Routeburn Track has proved to be one of the most accessible and popular journeys into New Zealand's forests and mountains.

 

The Routeburn Track (32km/3 days/moderate) passes through two national parks, Fiordland and Mount Aspiring, and is part of Te Wahipounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

 

The area is a haven for native birdlife: the robin, fantail, parakeet, bellbird, yellowhead and watch out for the resident kea at Routeburn Falls. The variety of landscapes will astound you: mountainous peaks; sheer rock faces; alpine basins; pristine lakes; cascading waterfalls; luxuriant forest; turquoise rivers and million dollar views around every corner.

 

You can walk the track independently or guided. Independent walkers stay in the public DOC (Dept of Conservation) huts. Guided walkers go with Ultimate Hikes and stay in the private lodges. Either way – as these photos attest – the Routeburn Track should definitely be on your bucket list.

 

More info: click here to walk the Routeburn independently and here to find out about the guided option.

 

Photos_Brent McKean

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