Share
Bookmark
Print
GPX
KML
Plan a route here Copy route
Embed
Fitness
Hiking trail

Lake Mackenzie Hut to Routeburn Falls Hut

Hiking trail · South Island
Responsible for this content
Macs Adventure Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • /
    Photo: Sally Thompson, Macs Adventure
ft 4500 4000 3500 3000 2500 6 5 4 3 2 1 mi

Climb up above the treeline and traverse along the exposed Hollyford Face crossing from Fiordland National Park into Mount Aspiring National Park.

difficult
11 km
5:30 h
653 m
551 m

Surrounded by expansive panoramas, these are some of the most impressive views in all of New Zealand, with Mt Madeline (2,537m) and Mt Tutoko (2746m) on the skyline. This is a highly exposed section and you should be careful here in high winds.

A bridge leads you over Potter’s Creek from where you round a bare around a knoll and several tarns. Climb Conical Hill, (if you wish you may scramble a further 250m to see the view from the top) before the track crosses the Harris Saddle. Turn into the Routeburn Valley and walk through mounds of moraine and rock bluffs above and around the deep-blue Lake Harris. Created by glaciation this lake is cold all year round, so if you do want a dip it will have to be quick!

Walk through a pleasant alpine meadow, where at certain times of year you can see gentians, daisies, herbs and buttercups in full bloom. Then approach the Routeburn Falls Hut perched on the head of the valley and looking out over the silver-beech forest, the Humboldt Mountains and the Routeburn Valley.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Sally Thompson
Updated: June 29, 2018

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Highest point
1310 m
Lowest point
894 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Tips, hints and links

These maps are designed to be used to help you stay on the right track. However if you also follow the waymarkers you should not have a problem finding your way.

You may also use the QR code to download the GPS tracks onto the Macs Adventure Smartphone App (please see your information pack for more details on how to use the app).

In the meantime, using these elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Start

Lake Mackenzie Hut (900 m)
Coordinates:
DD
-44.767530, 168.173547
DMS
44°46'03.1"S 168°10'24.8"E
UTM
59G 276332 5038986
w3w 
///prominence.balancer.chefs

Destination

Routeburn Falls Hut

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
-44.767530, 168.173547
DMS
44°46'03.1"S 168°10'24.8"E
UTM
59G 276332 5038986
w3w 
///prominence.balancer.chefs
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Questions & Answers

Ask the first question

Got questions regarding this content? Ask them here.


Reviews

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Difficulty
difficult
Distance
11 km
Duration
5:30h
Ascent
653 m
Descent
551 m
Round trip Scenic Geological highlights Botanical highlights Healthy climate

Statistics

  • 2D 3D
  • Contents
  • Show images Hide images
: h
 km
 m
 m
 m
 m
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.