- This article is an itinerary.
The Routeburn track's origins are in historical Maori walking tracks used to walk between locales.
Entry to the track is at approximately 200m altitude, and the highest point is approximately 1255m at the Harris Saddle.
The track may be walked in either direction: either from The Divide to Routeburn Shelter, or vice-versa. The ends of the track are some 350km from each other due to the very large mountain range the track traverses.
The track features ranger-occupied accommodation during peak summer months. These must be booked in advance through the Department of Conservation.
Walkers can depart from Queenstown to enter the track from the Routeburn Shelter, or depart from Te Anau to enter the track from The Divide. During the Great Walks peak season, daily transport onto either end is provided by Info&Track, tel:+64 3 442 9708.
Car relocation is also a popular transport option, saving walkers a lot of time - it takes 5 hours to drive between one end and the other. Easyhike.co.nz provide car relocation from either end of the track to the other. tel: +64 27 3707019
Ensure you follow the precautions outlined on the Department of Conservation brochures and any other information provided to you. The track traverses approximately 10km of exposed alpine which can be dangerous.