Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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The party of 11 trampers departed from Lake View Holiday Park on the TrackNet Bus along the Milford Sound road to the Divide where we were dropped off at the Routeburn Shelter. The rocky track went gradually uphill through silver birch forest. We did a side trip up to Key Summit and had magnificent views of the Darren Range and the Hollyford Valley. We then continued to Lake Howden Hut but didnít stop there.

Further along the track we stopped for lunch and then went on to view the impressive Earland Falls (174m). We reached Lake Mackenzie Hut in mid afternoon. We were entertained in the evening by the DOC warden who gave a very humorous talk.
Note. The Mackenzie Hut is about to have a major renovation in 2018


We left the hut  and it soon started to rain as we headed up the incline above Lake Mackenzie. Towards the top we had a break in the cloud and there were great views of the lake and huts . At the top the rain eased off and fortunately there was very little wind but misty cloud meant that there were no views down to the Hollyford.

The cloud lifted just as we reached the Harris Saddle and we had glorious views of the lake and surrounding mountains. We headed up the rocky bluff above Lake Harris and then it was a rapid descent down to the Routeburn Falls Hut by the waterfall.


We set off at 8am through the beautiful beech forest down to the Routeburn Flats and then followed the Route Burn river until we reached the end of the track at the Shelter (a very modern structure). It was easy walking because the track is very well maintained to cater for the day walkers from the Wakatipu area. We were picked up by Tracknet at 2pm and taken to Queenstown via Glenorchy (coffees and ice creams).
Everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed this Great Walk.
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