Fiordland region

Tramper climbing above Lake Mackenzie. Photo copyright: Rob Suisted. DOC USE ONLY.

Tramper climbing above Lake Mackenzie, Routeburn Track

Fiordland region map.

'Beautiful beyond words'

Experience a walk of a lifetime on the Routeburn Track - a 32 km, 2-4 day track weaving through beech-forested valleys and alongside clear green rivers, glistening alpine lakes and breathtaking views from a mountain pass.

Feel close to nature as you cross New Zealand’s Southern Alps and pass through the incredible landscapes of Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park.

The Routeburn Track is the perfect track for you, and your friends or family, if you love being amongst nature and want an exciting outdoors adventure on a track that has excellent facilities.

This is a Great Walk and offers a high standard of track and very comfortable, serviced huts as well as camping opportunities. During the winter months (May to October) the Routeburn Track remains open, but with reduced facilities.

View the Routeburn Track brochure (PDF, 5,936K).

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Alert/Important notice

 Track closure

The Routeburn Track will be closed in early October at Emily Bridge between Routeburn Falls and Routeburn Flats huts for up to three days due to urgent bridge maintenance. No alternative track is available. Exact dates are to be confirmed.

Pest control operations took place on Sunday 31st August. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice.

The Upper North Branch Track (not part of the Routeburn Great Walk) will remain closed until it is inspected by DOC staff once avalanche conditions permit.

This operation is part of our Battle for our Birds predator control programme, protecting our native wildlife from a rodent and stoat invasion.

Contact the Queenstown VC for more information.

Winter tramping (May - October)

  • Avalanche hazard is possible
  • Winter facilities - no gas stoves, radio, hut rangers, running water, or flushing toilets
  • Snow and ice is present in the alpine section - alpine equipment and skills required
  • Avalanche prone bridges are removed - potential for flooding exists and streams may be impassable

See Winter tramping for more details

Great Walk/Easier tramping track Great Walk/Easier tramping track


2-4 days


32 km

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Routeburn Track map and profile

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Didymo controls in Fiordland National Park


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Fiordland places


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
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Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 442 7935
Address:   Outside Sports Building
36-38 Shotover Street
Queenstown 9300
Full office details