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“Just do it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Routeburn Track

Routeburn Track
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$119.05*
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Full-Day Milford Sound Hiking Tour with Cruise
Ranked #3 of 44 things to do in Te Anau
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Great Walks season is October - April (see website for exact dates). Outside this period facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional safety hazards to consider. Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip. See website for the price of accommodation on this track.
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
“Just do it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

An absolutely brilliant walk.
I have done hiking (tramping) around the world and this region is something special. The scenery is spectacular.
The huts are well maintained and each had gas cookers and mattresses - a bit of luxury. Each hut also has a ranger to advise and educate.
A great experience.

Visited January 2013
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Albany, California
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“Best hike ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Stunning views. We were lucky to have glorious weather. Met other hikers from all over the world. Waterfalls, wild flowers, endless views of snow-topped peaks, rain forest, beautiful lakes - this track has it all

Visited January 2013
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Motueka, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Great Walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Another of the NZ Great Walks. A must do tramp if you are in the area. Weather is a factor and the late summer/autumn is a more settled time. Can be combined with Greenstone and/or Caples tracks to make a round trip.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Best walk in the world?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

The Routeburn Track was the favourite walk in New Zealand of Sir Edmund Hilary. Given the number of world class tracks in NZ you can't get a better endorsement than that.

I've been lucky enough to walk the Routeburn twice now (10 years apart). Once in each direction. For those of you who care I would recommend doing the walk starting at the Divide rather than the Routeburn Shelter which is where most people do. This is because the walk from the Harris Shelter down to the Routeburn Falls Hut on the second day offer views that you wouldn't think were possible on this planet and to take them all in it makes more sense to be walking down hill.

For those of you in doubt about whether to walk this track just do it. Plan ahread, book the huts or campsites and go for it. You'll never regret it. Sure an element of luck is needed with the weather in order to get the best views but I guarantee you you'll get at least a few moments where you see a vista that you never thought were possible.

The only negative is that the Lake MacKenzie campsite is pretty poor and the toilet facilities in the campsites in general are awful. However, I challenge you to find a better place to camp in the world than the Routeburn Flats campsite when its sunny.

One final thing. When you consider jumping in to the river or lake just do it!

Visited January 2013
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Christchurch
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“One of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

It's one of the shorter of the Great Walks - if you're hard core you could manage it in a mid summer day, or, like most, a more leisurely 2.5 days. Beautiful scenery, a range of scenery (moss strewn rainforest, open alpine traversing, rivervalley, waterfalls, you name it), good huts (as always, bring your ear plugs),flush toilets. Downside? Well it's always a game of complete luck with the weather at anytime of year.

Visited January 2013
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