Hike the Routeburn Track in Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks on this three day guided walk staying in comfortable lodge accommodation, before rewarding your efforts with a luxury stay at world-class Blanket Bay Lodge

South Island, New Zealand
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5 Day Journey with 3 Days on the Routeburn Track
Routeburn Track

One of New Zealand's Great Walks, the Routeburn Track hike traverses 32 km with mountain peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and tranquil lakes as your constant companions. This end-to-end three day guided walk from The Divide - near Milford Sound - to the Routeburn Shelter includes accommodation in comfortable Ultimate Hikes lodges. Join up to 40 hikers per departure in the company of experienced guides from Ultimate Hikes, with the freedom and flexibility to walk at your own pace. The Routeburn Track guided walk runs from November to early April and includes coach transfers from Queenstown, two nights' accommodation in comfortable private lodges and all meals and snacks for the duration of the walk. To reward your efforts, Walk into Luxury's all-inclusive Routeburn Track itinerary includes an exclusive stay at luxury lodge, Blanket Bay, post-hike, allowing time to soak in the spa and enjoy local food and wine surrounded by the Southern Alps. Transfers to the lodge after your hike, and back to Queenstown are included for a seamless South Island journey.

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Accommodation on Blanket Bay Walk, cr Blanket Bay Lodge
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2Rates & Inclusions
  • Shared coach transfer from Queenstown to the Divide trailhead, where you commence your Routeburn Hike
  • Experiences Guides to lead you on your 32 km (20 mile) Routeburn Track hike
  • Two nights accommodation on your hike in a private ensuite room at private Routeburn Track lodges
  • All bedding, towels, and select toiletries for your convenience at the Routeburn Track lodges
  • 40L hiking pack supplied for you to carry on the hike
  • Daily breakfast and three-course dinners at your hike accommodation
  • Trail lunches and snacks on the track
  • Transfer from the Routeburn Track to Glenorchy post-walk, with private drop-off to Blanket Bay Lodge
  • Two nights' accommodation at world-renowned, Blanket Bay Lodge
  • Daily breakfast and evening drinks at Blanket Bay Lodge
  • Daily multi-course dinners at Blanket Bay Lodge
  • Private transfer from Blanket Bay Lodge to Queenstown
  • Pre-walk briefing in Queenstown the day before your hike commences (or we can support you with an alternative video briefing option if required to support your travel plans)
  • Option to add pre and post-walk accommodation in Queenstown with our partner properties

Pricing includes Queen (or twin) ensuite rooms on the Routeburn Track, based on two guests per room. If you would prefer a triple share or quad share room, and don't require a private ensuite, please enquire for our best price. The minimum age for the Routeburn Track hike is ten years, and the per-person rate is the same for adults and children. Pricing may vary for public holidays and peak dates.

3Location & Access
Location & Access

The multi-day Routeburn Track guided walk departs from Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The Routeburn Track runs for 32 km between The Divide (85 km from Te Anau) and the Routeburn Shelter (25 km from Glenorchy). All transfers are included in your journey, starting and finishing in Queenstown.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Note: You will need to arrive in Queenstown the day before the walk commences to attend a pre-trip briefing at the Ultimate Hikes Centre in town in the early afternoon. We will be happy to assist with pre-hike accommodation in Queenstown, and with an alternative video briefing option if required to support your travel plans.

Day 1

Fuel up for a day of adventuring with a leisurely continental buffet breakfast at your hotel before making your way on foot to meet your group at the departure point, just a ten-minute stroll away. Your adventure begins with a coach ride from Queenstown to the Divide near Milford Sound on the scenic Milford Road. Including a stop at Te Anau for morning tea, this is a four-hour transfer, so settle in and enjoy the views. From the trailhead at The Divide, climb the wide and well-formed track to Key Summit. Here you can sit among the alpine plants and gaze down three valleys from which water flows to three different coasts. You then descend to Lake Howden hut for a hot drink and picnic lunch, before gradually climbing through the silver beech forest to Earland Falls. This is followed by a steep and rocky descent to Mackenzie Lodge where refreshments, a hot shower, a three-course meal and comfortable beds are waiting.

Daily walk distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)

Included: L - D

Ultimate Hikes Routeburn Walk Earland Falls

Day 2

Wake up to the sound of birdsong and enjoy a hearty continental and cooked breakfast selection at the lodge this morning. You will also have time to prepare your packed lunch in the dining/lounge area using the plentiful provisions laid out by the lodge hosts. Today's walk starts with an ascent through ancient forest and alpine zig zags to Ocean Peak Corner, where you have a full vista of the Darran Mountains. Crossing the Hollyford Face, you will stop for lunch at the Harris Saddle. Walk up to Conical Hill for a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. From Lake Harris, descend into the upper basins of the Routeburn Valley, with the towering mountains above. Spend your final night at the beautifully located Routeburn Falls Lodge, joining new friends for a cosy fireside drink and another wonderful dinner.

Daily walk distance: 11 km (6.9 miles)

Included: B - L - D

Ultimate Hikes Routeburn Walk Lake Harris R

Day 3

After breakfast you'll have time to prepare your lunch for the trail and lace up your boots one last time. Enjoy views of the pristine Routeburn Valley's snow-capped mountains, lakes, waterfalls and ancient beech forest on today's hike. Take time to enjoy the dramatic landscape around the Routeburn Falls, before descending to the alpine pastures of the Routeburn Flats. The track shadows the river as it roars through a magnificent gorge. Gorge Flat is a great place to stop for lunch. From here it is a gentle walk through the beech forest to the Road End. Join the coach for the return journey, disembarking in the beautiful small town of Glenorchy. Your driver will meet you for your transfer to Blanket Bay Lodge where you'll enjoy a luxurious stay for the next two nights. This evening, meet fellow guests over pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the lounge, followed by a five-course degustation menu that showcases fresh, local produce.

Daily walk distance: 9 km (5.7 miles)

Included: B - L - D

Accommodation on Blanket Bay Walk, cr Blanket Bay Lodge

Day 4

Enjoy a leisurely lie-in this morning before making your way to the dining room for breakfast with views across the lake. Today is a free day at Blanket Bay Lodge to do as much or as little as you like. Soothe and refresh tired muscles with a soak in the hot tub o