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Lake Howden Hut

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This is one of four DOC Great Walk huts on the Routeburn Track. There are also campsites at Routeburn Flats and Lake Mackenzie. This hut is in a beautiful spot, and offers a great day walk option as well as an easy overnight adventure for the whole family from the Milford Road/ Te Anau end.

In summer season (Late October to Late April), there are:

  • 28 bunks with mattresses in a communal sleeping layout.
  • Water supply, flushing toilets, wash basins with cold running water (but no showers).
  • Heating with fuel available, and solar lighting in the communal kitchen area.
  • Cooking facilities with fuel, tables and seating (but no cooking utensils).


In winter season (Early May to Late October):
  • Gas is not provided - you will need to bring your own cooking stove.
  • Flush toilets are replaced with pit toilets.
  • Running water is turned off inside the huts. Water can be obtained from the outside water tank, if this is frozen, then from the nearest water course or by melting snow.
  • There are no conservation rangers based at the huts.
  • Beds are on a first come basis only


Fees:
Summer season (late October to late April)
  • Adult (18+ years): $54 per night
  • Child (under 17 years): free but booking still required


Winter season
  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (under 17 years): free

Recommended Routes in Lake Howden Hut - 1

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Favorite Emily Peak from Key Summit
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Key Summit

4.7 mi 7.6 km 1,389' Up 423.41 m Up 1,389' Down 423.39 m Down

Queenstown, NZ

Lake Howden Hut Running

  • 14 Miles 23 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
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  • 5 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
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Trails in Lake Howden Hut - 4

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5.2 mi 8.3 km #1Routeburn Track: Lake Howden Hut
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Queenstown, NZ
0.8 mi 1.3 km #2Key Summit Track
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
1.4 mi 2.2 km #3Key Summit Overlook Track
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
2.0 mi 3.3 km #4Routeburn Track: Divide Shelter
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ
Intermediate
Queenstown, NZ

Photos of Lake Howden Hut - 13

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Emily Peak from Key Summit
Mar 15, 2015 near Queenstown, NZ
Lake Marian surrounded by the mountains that source the tarn
Feb 7, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
A green meadow with an alpine lake in front of Mount Christina
Feb 7, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
One of several lakes near Key Summit with Mount Christina in the background
Feb 7, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Hollyford Valley
Feb 7, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Ascending on the Key Summit Track, you have a magnificent view of the mountains across the Hollyford Valley
Feb 7, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
East Peak and Mount Christina from Routeburn Track
Feb 7, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Lake McKellar
Feb 7, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ