GREAT NEW ZEALAND WALKS ON GLENORCHY'S DOORSTEP




Routeburn Track Mountain Beech Tree RouteburnGlenorchy has some of the most scenic walking tracks in the world right on its doorstep. Find out more about our day and multi day walks below.

Routeburn track
Rees Dart track
Greenstone / Caples track

Day walks
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Multi Day Walks
Glenorchy Information Centre located at Glenorchy Hotel can cater for all your hiking needs including: Transport, accommodation and some last minute supplies and equipment. The Centre will also provide you with your transport tickets. Info & Track and BackPacker Express depart from here.


Transport & Hut Accommodation
It is important to organise your track transport to and from the track and your hut accommodation beforehand. In winter there is no regular transport services to the tracks although we can provide transport if you arrange this beforehand.
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Car Parking and Luggage Storage
The Glenorchy Information Centre at the Glenorchy Hotel also provides secure car parking and luggage storage while you are away.

Track huts, cabins and campsites are basic and offer a 'back to nature' style of camping and accommodation in a scenic settings.



Routeburn WalkROUTEBURN TRACK
The Routeburn Track extends between Glenorchy at the Head of Lake Wakatipu and the Divide, Te Anau, Milford Road. A total of 32 Kilometres, traversing Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks over a well formed and sign posted trail. You will need to allow three to four days to complete the track. Suitable for anyone with a general level of fitness. .

Getting there
The Routeburn Track is not a circuit track and can be accessed by road at either the Routeburn Shelter (the Mount Aspiring National Park end of the track), or at the Divide (the Fiordland National Park end of the track).

For all the latest and most up-to-date information about the track, please go to the DOC website

Track transport can be arranged from Queenstown via Glenorchy Information Centre located at the Glenorchy Hotel and then onto the start of the track, then transport to or from the Divide to Te Anua, Milford Sound, or back to Queenstown can be organised. Track Transport also leaves from Glenorchy Information Centre.
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Hut & Camping Accommodation
Bookings are essential for both hut and camping accommodation on the Routeburn Track. Camping outside the designated campsites and staying overnight in the shelters is prohibited. The facilities specifically for guided walkers are not available to independent walkers.

During the Peak Season, huts are supplied with gas cookers, tables, benches, cold running water, lighting and heating in the main kitchen/dining hut.

Bunkrooms have communal sleeping arrangements with mattresses provided. Ablution blocks have flush toilets and wash basins (cold water only). There are no showers in the huts. Walkers are expected to leave the accommodation clean and tidy and take all rubbish with them. Smoking is not permitted in the huts or shelters on the track.

DOC track staff are stationed at each hut. They are equipped with radios for use in emergencies and for weather forecasts. For your own safety please sign the hut books on arrival.

There are only two designated campsites on the Routeburn Track. The Routeburn Flats and Lake Mackenzie Huts. Campers share an open cooking shelter with an adjacent water supply and a pit toilet. The use of hut facilities by campers is not permitted.

Trip Distances & Times
Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Flats 6.5 km, 1.5 - 2hours
Routeburn Flats To Routeburn Falls 2.3 km 1-1.5 hours
Routeburn Falls To Mackenzie Hut 11.3 km 4.5 - 6 hours
Mackenzie Hut To Howden Hut 8.6 km 4 hours
Howden Hut to The Divide 3.4 km 1-1.5 hours

Side Trip
Routeburn Flats Hut to North Branch and back, 4-5 hours return.

Other Options
Link the Howden Hut to Mackellor Hut (Greenstone Track) 1.5 to 2.5 hours
This track is rough and uneven in places and delays can be caused due to flooding. There is no guarantee of obtaining a bunk in these huts as there is no booking system for this backcountry track. Hut tickets must be purchased in advanced and gas cookers are required.

From the Divide you could go on to do the Kepler or Milford Sound Track. Bookings for hut accommodation is essential. Contact DOC Queenstown, Glenorchy, Te Anau, or www.doc.govt.nz
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Rees Dart ValleysREES DART TRACK
The Rees Dart Track is a four to five day hiking circuit around the southern end of Mt Aspiring National Park, following the Rees and Dart Rivers.

It is a moderately demanding tramp and most days average 6-8 hours of walking. Spectacular mountain scenery, forest and alpine vegetation, rivers and the Dart Glacier are all significant features of the walk.

Getting There
This track can be started from either the Rees or Dart Side. The most popular direction is from the Rees at Muddy Creek.

For all the latest and most up-to-date information about the track, please go to the DOC website

Transport from Queenstown via Glenorchy Information Centre located at the Glenorchy Hotel, will take you to Muddy Creek. It is possible to take your four wheel drive vehicles beyond here but Muddy Creek is prone to sudden washouts which can be impassable. Transport to or from the Dart Track at Chinaman's Bluff, via Glenorchy information Centre. .
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Rees Dart Track Dart GlacierHut & Camping Accommodation
The three DOC bunk style huts are serviced with solid fuel fires for heating, mattresses and running water. Trampers should carry their own cookers.

Hut wardens are present on the tracks from late October until mid April. Backcountry Hut Tickets or an Annual Hut Pass must be purchased in advance. Camping is permitted, except in the fragile alpine and sub alpine areas between Shelter Rock Hut and Dart Hut. Camping is not permitted on the Cascade Saddle. There is no fee for camping unless the hut facilities are used.

Trampers are expected to leave the huts clean and tidy and take all rubbish with them. Smoking is not permitted in the huts.

Trip Times
Muddy Creek to Shelter Rock 6- 7 hours
Shelter Rock To Dart Hut 4-6 hours
Dart Hut to Daleys Flat Hut: 6-8 hours
Daileys Flat Hut To Chinamans Bluff 4-8 hours

Side Trips
Dart Hut to Whitebour Valley and back 2-4 hours
Dart Hut to Dart Glacier & Cascade Saddle and back. If you are intending to cross into the Matukituki Valley via Cascade Saddle obtain a copy of the Cascade Saddle track guide - this route is only suitable for experienced trampers and is very slippery when wet or covered in snow.
Allow 8-10 hours for the crossing from Dart Hut to Aspiring Hut.
Note: Side creeks can rise quickly through both rain and snow melt on hot days.
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Greenstone Station and the Start of the Greenstone Caples TrackGREENSTONE / CAPLES TRACK
The Greenstone and Caples Valleys within Fiordland National Park are linked by McKellar Saddle, a sub-alpine pass, making a comfortable four to five day circuit on generally well formed track. The Greenstone Caples Track is excellent for people with limited backcountry experience, although some section are rough, muddy or steep. The track has definite signs, poles or markers and all major water crossing are bridged in summer. Either of these tracks can be linked with the Routeburn Track, or they can be walked as a one way track starting or finishing at the Divide.

Getting There
The Greenstone and Caples Tracks start from the Greenstone car-park at the end of Greenstone Road, via Glenorchy Information Centre, located at the Glenorchy Hotel. Water taxi transport to the track can be organised (weather dependent) or travel round by road.

For all the latest and most up-to-date information about the track, please go to the DOC website

Alternatively, you can be started from Howden Hut on the Routeburn Track, which is one hour's walk from the Divide, 80kms from Te Anau on the road to Milford Sound.
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Greenstone ValleyHuts & Camping Accommodation
All DOC huts on the track are serviced with coal fires for heating, mattresses and running water. Hikers need to supply their own cookers. Hut wardens are present on the tracks from late October until mid April. Backcountry Hut Tickets must be purchased in advance from Department of Conservation Offices. Visitors are expected to leave the huts clean and tidy and take all rubbish with them. Smoking is not permitted in the huts. Camping is permitted along the bush edge, but not on the open flats, which is farmland. Camping is prohibited between Upper Caples Hut and Lake McKellar due to the fragile ecosystem.

Trip Times
Greenstone Road End to Mid Caples Hut 2- 3 hours
Mid Caples Hut To Upper Caples Hut 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Upper Caples Hut To Mackellor Hut 5 - 8 hours
Mackellor Hut To Greenstone Hut 4.5- 6.5 hours
Greenstone Hut To Greenstone Road End 4.5- 6.5 hours

Other Options
Mackellor Hut to Howden Hut (Routeburn Track) 1.5 to 2.5 hours. (Bookings are essential from Nov-May).

Upper Caples to Greenstone Hut via Steel Creek 10-12 hours. (This route is suitable for experienced trampers only).
Greenstone Hut to Mavora Lakes 2-3 day hike along the Mavora Walkway
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