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routeburn track

I'm interested in doing the routeburn track and having a private room amd maybe prepared dinner. Is it possible to do this hike independatly, but sleeping in your own room? A guided trip without the guide or the group.


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1. Re: routeburn track

Hello Christina

I'm not sure what you mean by a guided trip without the guide or group? I guess you could pay the full price for a dozen clients and so book the entire trip just for yourself. And the same applies if you wish for a private room. You could pay the price of the other bunks and so ensure it is just you.

You could walk independently, carry and cook your own food, use the shared dorm rooms. or join the guided tour http://www.ultimatehikes.co.nz/rbt_home.asp and share the experience with others. The guided tour isn't like a museum tour where you are all herded together to walk from point to point for a lecture. You are free to walk at your own pace, on your own, if you wish. And on arrival at your lodge you have hot showers and a wonderful meal waiting. Sounds good to me :)

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I'm sure it is impossible. The company that holds the concession for the guided tour - Ultimate hikes - will insist you use their guides and if you wanted to book an entire room you'd probably have to pay the "guiding" and meal costs of your "invisible" room-mates, otherwise they'd be out-of-pocket. Tramping in NZ is a group experience, all about cameraderie. However instead of asking us to hypothesise, why don't you ask the company?

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3. Re: routeburn track

It's not possible. The huts are a dormitory style place. If you hire a guide, they'll cook for you but you won't be getting a hotel room.

You will be able to hike the tramp without a guide though.

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