Routeburne Track

Trip Start Nov 30, 2006
Trip End Jan 15, 2007

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Routeburn Falls Huts

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Last night, I was having thoughts that maybe it might be time to be moving on. I hadn't really intended on staying so long, and to be honest really didn't like Queenstown all that much but then I thought about the reason I stayed and headed over to the Routebourne track in the morning. I got a late start and didn't make it the beginning of the track until about 11:00 in the morning. I had read so much about the beauty of the track I decided I owed to myself to check it out and give a go. The scenery did not let me down and I made it all the way to the Routeburn Falls Hut. The option to go canyoning down one of the many falls is available and can be booked at any of the I-one centers in Queenstown.  The second part of the hike was a little more difficult than the first. You can hike the entire Route without booking one of the huts through the department of conservation and I thought if I broke the Route in half or thirds I could do the whole thing and still experience one of the areas great walks. The huts or at least the two I saw are surprisingly nice and have bunks, bathrooms, and gas stoves. I was expecting to see run broken wooden structures with holes in the roof to be honest but these were solid well maintained structures.
I admit it started raining a lot about half way up to the Routeburn Falls but I was feeling pretty good and the scenery was pretty spectacular. The hut at Routeburn Falls was a lot bigger than the first one and sits at the bottom of the Routeburn Falls. It was raining pretty steadily but this was one of times the rain did not bother me one bit. I walked almost to the top of the Routeburn Falls where I saw a separate hut for guided walks and had a little chuckle to myself when I though about the $1800 per person paid just to have your meals cooked for you along the way. I'm sure the commentary along the walk is good but not when you can do it yourself for free. The end of the Routeburne Track lets at out a place called the divide on the Milord Road and was a further seven hours away according to the track markers. The drive to the divide from Queenstown takes four and a half hours. The walk wasn't as rough and tough as I had imagined it and I thought I made it pretty far for someone with my endurance level. I though I would complete the Routeburne Track by traveling the other side one day next week weather permitting.
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