Routeburn Track: Flats Hut
ElevationAscent: 804' 245 m
Descent: -118' -36 m
High: 2,263' 690 m
Low: 1,566' 477 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“The first section of the amazing Routeburn Track.”— Russell Hobart
On the lower sections of the trail, the forest ground is covered in thick layers of mosses fed by a myriad of small streams. Many of the streams can be heard but not seen because they are obscured by the moss and fallen decaying trees. You steadily gain altitude while skirting the edge of steep mountain sides. Suspension bridges along the way give you good looks at the rocky, water-carved streams that look like a powerful, natural luge track. If the sun is out, the spray from strong waterfalls create rainbows. After a couple of miles, the trail flattens out but stays high in the forest. Soon you get glimpses of the yellow fields of tussock grass, and the trail skirts the edge of a large flat plain. Look for the turn-off to the right for the Flats Hut.
Note:Typically along the way you are accompanied by the Fantail. This adorable bird gets it's name from the way it flashes it's tail like a Japanese fan. They float around like a hummingbird, constantly changing direction to nab the insects you are disturbing.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Aspiring National Park