Begin at The Divide and start walking up to Key Summit, passing incredible natural habitats and breathtaking views over the mountains.
Set off on the first section of the Routeburn Track from The Divide (Te Anau to The Divide is 1H30). Immediately panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the Darran Mountains and the Humboldt Mountains begin to unfold. These types of views are those that you can consistently look forward to over the course of the next couple of days.
Pass the turn off to Key Summit and if you wish take this side path to the top, which is a 30-45 minute detour, but well worth it as the views from the top are unforgettable. You walk over boardwalks en route as the habitat here is particularly fragile. See rushes, mosses, orchids, bog pine and other small herbs that thrive here.
Descend back to the main track the way you walked up and cross Pass Creek before walking by the impressive 80m Earland Falls. The track hugs the cliffside and edges across several avalanche paths, also crossing Sunny Creek and a natural clearing known as The Orchard, as the trees here resemble fruit trees. Ford several streams before emerging from deep forest to a small flat area where you will see Lake Mackenzie Hut. This DOC Hut enjoys a tranquil setting at the southern end of the lake. The emerald waters of Lake Mackenzie beautifully reflect Emily Peak and other prominent summits.
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).
Using these elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.