Queenstown Guided Nature Walk | Famous Routeburn Track

Queenstown Guided Nature Walk | Famous Routeburn Track

Experience spectacular snow-capped mountain and lake views, a variety of bird life, beautiful natural ancient native beech forest - mosses, lichens & ferns - waterfalls and river gorge.

This full day walk in the ancient beech forest of the Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a scenic drive to the northern end of Lake Wakatipu and into the Routeburn Valley. A journey along the edge of the lake from Queenstown to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendor of the world-famous Routeburn Track.

Your walk begins among towering ancient beech forest, climbing gradually through an 130 million year old magical world, blanketed by forest mosses and ferns and skirting the thundering Routeburn through the gorge it has carved over the millennia.

The woodland eventually parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost and small glaciers. We enjoy our well earned lunch surrounded by the grandeur of alpine meadows, meandering streams and majestic snow capped mountains.

On our return we explore the old forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along the original Greenstone trails, finding new enchantment around each corner, where native birds abound.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Guided Nature Tours & Walks
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
From (NZD) $209 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: GWNZRT


All transport to and from Queenstown accommodation
Snacks (& lunch & bottled water on full day hikes)- including tea/coffee, cookies
Friendly, knowledgeable & cheerful local guides
Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology
Day packs, wooden walking sticks and some wet weather gear is available on loan

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily year round
  • Pick Up: From all Queenstown accommodation
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx)
  • Walking Time: 3 hours (approx)
  • Walking Distance: 16 kms (easy – moderate)
  • Track: Well formed walking track (8km each way)
  • Departure Time: 08:00am
  • Return Details: 17:00pm
  • Closed: Christmas Day

What You Should Bring

  • Sensible footwear – closed toe
  • A warm / sun hat / gloves
  • Waterproof / windproof / warm clothing for changeable weather
  • Small daypack
  • A reasonable level of fitness will ensure an enjoyable walk
  • Remember to bring your camera & a smile

Important Information

  • Minimum 2 people required to book this tour.
  • A reasonable level of fitness will ensure an enjoyable day
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • Child price is 14yrs old and under. No charge for small children that are carried by parents.
  • The maximum number per guide is six persons with a minimum of two
  • Larger groups will be broken up into small groups with one guide to each group
  • You must follow the instructions of the guide and parents please ensure that your children do the same.
  • Please advise your guide if you have any physical conditions that may affect your enjoyment of our walk today
  • English speaking nature guides (1 guide to a maximum of 6 people)

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There are 3 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

The Routeburn trail was very good. Pam was an excellent guide. The pace was just right and the trail was a wonderful experience of rainforest, mountains, rivers and waterfalls.
Overall Tour Rating

The tour was great, the guide was very knowledgable and friendly. We got a lot of information about the fauna and rich flora of New Zealand. It was so nice to breathe in fresh air. The lenght of the walk was just right. It was really worth flying 24 hours to get to New Zealand, there is so much to see and people are friendly and helpful.
Overall Tour Rating

The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the geology and ecology of the area. It was a great hike with stunning scenery. Even the weather was kind, with sun most of the time.
Overall Tour Rating

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Queenstown Guided Nature Walk | Famous Routeburn Track
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Tour Code: GWNZRT
From (NZD) $209 per person
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