An indescribably beautiful adventure in Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National parks.
Our bus leaves from the Leviathan Hotel, Dunedin at 11am on the first day and takes us to Glenorchy on the first afternoon, where we stay overnight at the Glenorchy Hotel Backpackers. A good evening meal can be had at the hotel, (your cost). A cooked breakfast is included with our accommodation. We can pick people up at the Dunedin Airport about 11.15 am, or the Steamer Wharf in Queenstown about 4pm on the first day, (we are unable to do pick ups from the Queenstown airport). On the return journey we pass through Queenstown about 4.30 pm. We spend five days, (four nights), tramping the Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks.
The Routeburn Track is one of the “Great Walks” through Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks. It commences near Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu, and finishes at the “Divide” on the Milford road. Practically one whole day is spent above the bushline, amongst a dramatic alpine landscape, and the main divide is crossed at Harris Saddle (1280m). In places the track is quite rough, and there are a number of “ups and downs” to extend you. One has to be prepared for cold conditions in the areas above the bushline. This tramp is a classic trip, and the scenery is superb (given fine weather.) We leave the Routeburn Track at Lake Howden, ( one hour short of the “Divide”), then continue down the Greenstone Valley for another two days, making it a five day tramp. At Howden, we receive a “re-supply” of food, brought in by the wonderful members of the Fiordland Rotary Club, saving us the weight of carrying five days of food all the way. The Greenstone Valley is a beautiful area, and it’s a good finish to the more demanding Routeburn. In the Greenstone we are fortunate to be able to hire the up-market commercial Lodges, which add a touch of luxury (they even have hot showers!), but this does increase the cost of the trip. We use the more basic (but still very adequate) DoC huts on the Routeburn track. We share these with other trampers, wheras in the Greenstone we are the only occupants in the Lodges. Our bus will pick us up at Elfin Bay, on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. A good standard of tramping fitness is required on this extended trip.
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