• Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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–listed 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.


  • Full-day Routeburn Track guided hike from Queenstown
  • Be amazed by beautiful Mt Aspiring National Park, part of UNESCO World Heritage-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
  • Round-trip transportation from Queenstown is included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Routeburn Track Guided Hike from Queenstown

Routeburn Track Guided Walk

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) in about 7 hours.

After morning pickup from your hotel 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. 

After finishing the lengthy day trek, 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.

Customer Reviews

John C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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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