Lake Harris
Image: Keri Moyle | ©



From November to April, weave through meadows, reflective tarns and alpine gardens, and be rewarded with spectacular vistas over vast mountain ranges and valleys. From May to October, it can be cold and wet, with ice, snow and short daylight hours - only attempt if you have alpine, navigation and river crossing skills.

Bookings are open for the 2024/25 season.

33 km one way

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (15 November 2024 – 30 April 2025)

Note: Due to repair work, the Routeburn Track Great Walk season starts on 15 November 2024.

Best time to walk the track - there are more facilities and fewer hazards. Bookings are required for huts and campsites. Intermediate track category. 

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2024 – 28 October 2024)

Only walk at this time if you are fit, experienced and well equipped - facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional hazards. Advanced and expert track categories. 


Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Te Rua-o-te-moko/Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 249 7924
Address Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Hours Visitor centre hours and services


Whakatipu-wai-Māori/Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 442 7935
Address 50 Stanley Street
Queenstown 9300
Hours Visitor centre hours and services
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