Routeburn Track 2008

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Our Trip Journal

13th Dec, 2008 Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Flats Hut 6.5km 3hrs (1.5-2.5hrs suggested time)
14th Dec, 2008 Routeburn Flats Hut to McKenzie Hut 13.6km + Conical Hill 9hrs (5.5-7.5hrs)
15th Dec, 2008 McKenzie Hut to Howden Hut 8.6km 4hrs (3-4hrs)
16th Dec, 2008 Howden Hut to Routeburn Divide 3.4km 1hr (1-1.5hrs)

Information about the track

One of the eight NZ Great Walks, highly-maintained tracks with serviced huts (flushing toilets, gas for your stoves, and a hut warden to give you weather advice). It is a 32-km, 2-4 day track. Passes through beech-forested valleys, alongside crystal clear rivers, past alpine lakes, and across a mountain pass.

As well as the main track there are several side trips (Conical Hill and Key Summit) that are worth checking out

I would recommend the Routeburn Flats Hut as the first hut if you are a beginner, or with a family, or just want some quite. It makes the second day much longer, but worth it for the peaceful location of the hut (and the handful of residents).

Routeburn Track DOC information
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