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Routeburn Track Guided Hike (Full Day)

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Routeburn Track Guided Hike (Full Day)

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Hike a section of the Routeburn Track, one of the New Zealand Great Walks, on a guided day trip from Queenstown. This premier tramping trail is located in Mt. Aspiring National Park, part of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Te Wahipounamu. You’ll trek at a moderate pace up a gradual incline toward the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, learning about the regional flora from your informative guide. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, which includes snacks, lunch and round-trip hotel transport by mini-coach.
  • Be amazed by beautiful Mt. Aspiring National Park, part of the UNESCO-listed Te Wahipounamu
  • Learn about the Routeburn track's historical significance from your knowledgeable guide
  • Snack on provided refreshments and a picnic lunch in a scenic location
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Lunch
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Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Selected Queenstown Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Discover one of the best New Zealand Great Walks by hiking a portion of the Routeburn Track, situated against the scenic Southern Alps in UNESCO-listed Mt. Aspiring National Park. The Routeburn Track is a trekker’s paradise, teeming with snow-capped mountain peaks, ice-carved valleys, and alpine lakes. A moderate level of fitness is required, as you’ll cover up to 13 miles (22 km) over the course of the day.

After morning pickup from your hotel or central meeting point in Queenstown, you’ll travel by mini-coach to the starting point for your full-day guided hike. Set out at a moderate pace along a forest trail of centuries-old southern beech trees and podocarps, and learn about the unique flora of Mt. Aspiring National Park. 

Along the way, your guide shares information about the historical significance of the Routeburn Track and how it was used by the pre-European Maori people to search for valued greenstone. Keep an eye out for some of the park’s 59 bird species including the flightless takahe bird, the endangered mohua (yellowhead) bird, and the kea—the world’s only alpine parrot.

Follow your guide across Routeburn Canyon, where you may dare to take a refreshing plunge into the river. You’ll take periodic breaks for provided snacks and lunch, and to check out scenic spots and cascades such as Routeburn Falls. 

Relax on the return drive to Queenstown and feel a sense of accomplishment after tramping through some of New Zealand’s most stunning alpine landscapes.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A moderate level of fitness is required
  • Please bring camera, sunscreen and hat
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please Note: Pickup from central Queenstown accommodations is included. Surround suburbs (Kelvin Heights, Frankton, Arthur's Point, Fernhill and others) by arrangement. Please contact to reconfirm pick up arrangement and time.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nomad Safaris
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Routeburn Track Guided Hike (Full Day)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Routeburn Track Guided Hike (Full Day)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Our guide Paul did a great job of...
john_G
, Jan 2018
Our guide Paul did a great job of organizing our full day hike. He picked us on-time from our hotel, along the way we learned more about the area and the different hikes. We were very glad we did the small group option as it felt more personalized to our interests - also super glad we did the FULL day hike. It gives you time to get truly up the mountain and see far more of the Routeburn track. Its not a hard trek, but bring poles if you have them. Lunch, snacks and waters were provided. There is one very cool spot to get into the water, bring a swimsuit or at least a small towel if you want to get your feet wet. About 75 is in the shade, so it made for a nice trek during an oddly hot day.

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