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Sun Feb 17 2019

I would describe this as a moderate hike if you take your time. Good, even surface, well defined trail. Quite exposed as you climb up to, and on, Key Summit but deep in a birch forest for the rest. Was a damp and misty day but certainty rewarding views along the way with a comfortable track beneath our boots. A popular trail this one with a huge carpark at the Divide. We added on hour or so by going down to Lake Howden for lunch.

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blowdown
scramble
Sun Feb 17 2019

Not for the faint of heart. The trail was stunningly beautiful. Tough vertical hike uphill makes for slow going with all of the obstructions and trees blocking the path along the way. Once you clear the tree line, the wind is a formidable force so make sure you have a good windbreaker or down jacket with you for the top. The walk around the top is pretty amazing and has some of the best picture opportunities in Glenorchy. The downhill was a breeze, but definitely leaves you praying the next switchback will be the last by the time you hit the car park.

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Sat Feb 16 2019

Recommend at least 2 liters of water and light sweater or jacket for at the top as it gets chilly in the wind. Offers great views of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.

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scramble
Fri Feb 15 2019

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Fri Feb 15 2019

Views can’t be beat. One of the best hikes out there - don’t miss it.

rock climbing
no shade
Fri Feb 15 2019

rock climbing
no shade
Fri Feb 15 2019

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Thu Feb 14 2019

Hard but rewarding. Rain and mist and cloud and sun greeted us on this trail. Recommend hiking boots for this one.

Wed Feb 13 2019

Excellent trail until the loop, existing track is degraded on edges and is next to a cliff. Wear long pants and boots and just walk straight to the beacon through the grass to the right.

Wed Feb 13 2019

Very beautiful walk deep in the bush. Would definitely do it again.

Wed Feb 13 2019

Nice walk with several up and down sections with fantastic views of blue/green water. Perfect for a picnic!

Wed Feb 13 2019

Don't take this lightly. After an easy walk to the cascade it changes dramatically. Was wet when we did it and was a lot of mud and slippery roots. zLakr was mystical with the clouds giving way to glorilus views then closing in again

Wed Feb 13 2019

Favorite great walj in New Zealand. We went from divide to Routeburn Shelter. From Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls was absolutely stunning. Fantastic views all day long. Took in both the Key Summit and the Conical both worth the effort. Last day out to Routeburn Flats was fairly easy but less scenic

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Tue Feb 12 2019

I would describe this as a moderate hike if you take your time. Good, even surface, well defined trail. Quite exposed as you climb up to, and on, Key Summit but deep in a birch forest for the rest. Was a damp and misty day but certainty rewarding views along the way with a comfortable track beneath our boots. A popular trail this one with a huge carpark at the Divide. We added on hour or so by going down to Lake Howden for lunch.

Mon Feb 11 2019

great views! very steep and easy walking path

Sun Feb 10 2019

moderate steady climb with fantastic views and a spectacular alpine pool. a lot of BANG for your effort.

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Sat Feb 09 2019

Lovely track. Great views and finish with a picnic at one of the many little bays

Fri Feb 08 2019

Nice easy little walk, cool detour to the Organ pipes which is a very unique collection of rock formations

Fri Feb 08 2019

Easy walk with lovely views

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Wed Feb 06 2019

Not challenging. Nice and easy.

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Wed Feb 06 2019

Light and easy track. Beautiful wood with shade. Suit for family. All signs are clear. But it will be cold in summer raining day. Even it was raining day, the track is not very muddy. I reached to Lake Marian look out, but no view could look out because all covered by cloud or fog. So sad....

Mon Feb 04 2019

suitable for dogs

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no shade
Mon Feb 04 2019

Worth every step! Such an amazing view, breathtaking! Even for mountain goats like we are! It took us 3 hours return from the gondola. But as I said, we are used to hike steep terrains. We started after 9 am, which was good, because it wasn't crowded at all. Though while walking down, many people crossed our path.

Sun Feb 03 2019

A very nice hike, I was alone! so quiet and so beautiful view

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no shade
Sun Feb 03 2019

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Sun Feb 03 2019

Really rewarding but pretty challenging. Wear good runners and activewear.

Sat Feb 02 2019

Great hike! I started from Greenstone car park and hiked the Caples track on day 1 and camped at the free campsite Greenstone saddle in order to complete the Routeburn the next day. With my backpack (tent, sleeping bag, food,...) without running I was able to complete the hike in 10 hours (with a good pace but took time for lunch and jumping in the river).

Sat Feb 02 2019

Stunning view at the top and nice way up in the forest.

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no shade
rocky
Sat Feb 02 2019

First part of track is maintained well. But the last part of trail to summit is rocky and hard to climb up. However, all effort worthy it. The view on top of summit is stunning. The sign indicate 1hr 30 to Saddle and 2hr 30 to summit. I took 1hr from Gondola to saddle, but took me more than 2hr from Saddle to Summit. This track is challenging, as I am not a fit hiker. Even most part of trail is no shade, it’s still tolerable. The February sunshine in Queenstown is much more gentle then Adelaide. And the view is amazing, so no shade is not a big problem. Then, be aware of the bird on top of summit. It’s very cute and very smart. He knew how to open zip and pick up my cash bag from my backpack and fly away.

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Fri Feb 01 2019

Easy Walk we a amazing view.

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