Native Birds and a New Zealand Great Walk
The Routeburn track in Mt Aspiring National Park is one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. A day trip from the eastern (Glenorchy) end to Routeburn Flats hut and return will not only give you a taste of an iconic New Zealand Great Walk but also give you the opportunity to see a variety of native bird life including a couple of rare species.
f you’re keen on experiencing a New Zealand Great Walk but don’t have the time or perhaps the fitness to complete the whole journey, the eastern Glenorchy end of the Routeburn track provides the opportunity for a very pleasant and relatively easy day walk. Depending on how fast you like to walk and how many times you stop to admire the magnificent scenery, five to eight hours is ample time to reach the Routeburn Flats hut and return to the car park. Being a Great Walk, the track itself is of very high quality, gravelled, and easily caters for ‘two abreast’ walking with gentle gradients.
For a slightly longer day, another option is to carry on past the hut and climb up through the bush to the Routeburn Falls which adds another two to three hours to the whole return trip. The views looking down onto the Routeburn from this location are stunning, not to mention the impressive 176-metre-high falls.
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