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hiking
15 hours ago

Check the weather before you go or be prepared for rain, wind, and snow. Track itself is a very smooth dirt walkway with some occasional grass. Beautiful views the entire way up, but the view at the peak makes every step to the top worth it. Don’t turn back after the first overcrowded viewpoint, go the last 1.5km to get to the peak. Oh and there’s sheep all over, super cute!

hiking
3 days ago

The peaceful views of the lake at the end make everything worth it! Fairly steep uphill trek on slippery wet rocks until you get to the lake, then back down those same slippery wet rocks. Take your time and watch your footing and you’ll be fine! There are a lot of side trails that weave in and out of the main one, they all lead to the same place and offer more scenery than sticking to the same trail each way.

hiking
5 days ago

Great track.
BUT it is no where near Glenorchy.
You drive 1 hour from Te Anau to the lower Hollyford Road where you find the start of this trail. The first 10 mins are gentle under foot and easy for most folks to enjoy. The remainder of the track is rough, steep and tricky in a few places. It makes for a good walk though. Beautiful scenery along the way.

hiking
6 days ago

Did this hike as the other famous one was closed for lambing. I'm so glad I did as there was some variation to the walk itself and not just plain uphill. I found the first 4km uphill the hardest. Rewarded with stunning panoramic views! Came down at 4pm and only walked past 2 other walkers.

We went left from the car park which gave views of Wanaka and the lake while going up. Then the way down had views of the other side which was less exciting and also had a .5 mile walk around the base to get back to our car. Fun quick hike with good views. Lots of runners and dogs.

Nice solid track the whole way and amazing views of the lakes. It even started snowing once we reached the hut!

Great hike, worth everything once you get to the serenity and beauty of the lake.

hiking
16 days ago

I don’t think this should be considered a hard walk. Yes it’s really steep but come on... it’s a highway up to the top! No complicated steps, no changes of surface, nothing to climb. Just a really steep mountain to walk up to. You can easily reach the viewpoint after two, two and half hours and give an extra 30mn for the top (I did it in the snow weather simple tennis shoes). Going downhill is also pretty easy, you could easily walk fast or run if you wanted to. Definitely worth the view!!

I would rate this 8/10 difficulty. It’s a pretty smooth path, no climbing or steps, but it is seriously steep! We are reasonably fit and got to the lookout in just over two hours. If you’re not in decent shape though you are going to struggle big time. I saw someone on TripAdvisor ask if they could push a pram up there... it’s 1250m uphill for fucks sake! Be warned this is a proper mountain, so it can be warm at the bottom but it was hella cold at the top!
The view is sensational. Absolutely worth it. I don’t agree with those who say that it’s a boring hike. There’s lovely scenery and when you crest the ridge you can see down the other side too.

hiking
27 days ago

Very fortunate in that we only had one day of rail, the last day. Well maintained trail and huts. I’m looking forward to other tracks on my next visit. Thank you New Zealand for a great vacation.

switchbacks for days both up and down in the exposed sun. stellar views and well maintained.

backpacking
29 days ago

Done in 2 days instead of the 3 I had planned. The 1rst day was windy but amazing with stunning views on the lake and mountains, the 2nd day was a long but nice bush walk.

backpacking
29 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. I did this back in April and it was great! The huts and path are all well maintained and it was a nice little challenge. Not too difficult but challenging at times due to ice and snow

hiking
1 month ago

We had a great day on this walk! We’re in our 50’s and in ok fitness and found this trail to be a real gem!

on Mueller's Hut

backpacking
1 month ago

Pouring rain but clear morning was worth it. Stairs stairs stairs!
Feb 2018

Way to busy. It snowed in the night before we did the walk and even then it feld like a trafficjam. Seenery is great.

on Roy's Peak Track

1 month ago

Awesome views,

hiking
1 month ago

My first multi-day hike! I wasnt sure which of the great walks to do, I only had time for one and my friend who hiked New Zealand for 3 months highly recommended Routeburn. It was absolutely stunning and a definite highlight of my time in New Zealand. I did it right at the end of the season and really enjoyed it. I was lucky to find spots available in the huts, I booked it a month ahead of time and if I wasn't going alone there wouldn't have been enough free beds.

Quite steep but beautiful walk. Plaque said 5 hours we did it in 4 with kids 10 and 12 year old with brakes.

Rewarding trek.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. The track is a farm/access vehicle track for the majority of the route. Took me just under 2 hours to the summit, pushing hard, and about 90 minutes back down.

epic views steep but good change from I hike back home. absolutely phenomenal panoramic views atop. king of the mountain for the evening as I had the place to myself.

good day hike for fam & kids

Although the rating says it is hard it is really just how steep it is. It is quite consistent throughout. Make sure you wear well fitted good quality shoes. When I did the track my shoes weren't broken into. The last stretch of the track was painful. As long as you are somewhat fit you will be able to complete it in the time guideline.

One of the harder Great Walks in my opinion, although the age recommendation is ten my brother was seven when he did it. He survived, but it took a toll on him. If you are afraid of heights I wouldn't recommend this because during most of the second day, if you trip, you will go rolling down the cliff.

hiking
2 months ago

Great locals trail - I used to do this walk a few times a week :) Lovely views. I highly recommend hiking up for sunset! Bring a head torch to come back down :)

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views

2 months ago

Spectacular views

The views on this track would hands down be the best I have seen in NZ so far.

Amazing scenery especially on a clear day. Easy track as most of the ground is flat.

Stunning scenery.

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