Hello! I've seen plenty of posts on a one day out and back, but can't seem to find any advice on a two day (overnight) out and back on the Routeburn. My husband and I are experienced hikers and backpackers on a limited budget, and the full tramp with huts and shuttles is so expensive that we were thinking of booking just one hut, either the Mackenzie Lake or Routeburn Falls, and doing an overnight from either end during our March visit.
I've seen lots of suggestions for the side trips to both Key Summit and Conical Hill. Any suggestions for the best use of two days with one overnight in a hut? I'd guess we could probably do about 20km a day, if I am understanding that the trails are relatively well maintained and there's only about 2000ft elevation gain.
We'll have a campervan and are planning on parking at a trailhead; is one easier to get to than the other? And is either safer to leave a campervan (we don't own anything really expensive, but I'd rather not have to pay to repair a window in a rental van) at than the other?