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.