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Routeburn Track: Harris Shelter

Intermediate/Difficult
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A section of the classic Routeburn Track.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

78%

Runnable

4,219' 1,286 m

High

3,206' 977 m

Low

1,013' 309 m

Up

125' 38 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Permit required - New Zealand has unique system of simple (mostly) back country huts that typically have wood/coal heating stoves, plastic-covered mattresses, clean water and bunkhouse communal living. Space can be limited and permits are required. Check in the LDOC offices of major towns for permits. Good information can be found here- doc.govt.nz/

Runner Notes

Good even trail

Description

From the Falls Hut, you jump right into the trail with some steep built-in steps while passing the upper tiers of the Routeburn Falls. Enjoy the views of the valley then continue on the trail. You are above the tree line, and the views are expansive with tussock grass and rocky cliffs that surround you are you ascend above the creek. Soon you turn the corner, and the deep blue colors of Lake Harris are found tucked into the mountain. Continue on, skirting the lake until you arrive at the shelter. Harris Shelter doesn't have bunks or heat but does have water and a long-drop toilet.

Flora & Fauna

Southern Beech forests, Kea and Kaka parrots, Bellbird, Grey warbler, South Island Robin, Fantail and Brown creeper, Lancewood plants, Kiwi (you'll hear them but probably not see them), invasive Australian possums.

Contacts

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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Photos

Dart Valley with the Routeburn Falls Lodge overlooking the valley
Feb 16, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Falls Hut provides phenomenal views of your colossal surroundings.
Jan 30, 2017 near Queenstown, NZ
Looking into Dart Valley from the highest point on the Routeburn Track
Feb 16, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Dart Valley Panorama
Feb 16, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Panorama of Dart Valley from Routeburn Falls
Feb 16, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Lower part of Routeburn Falls
Feb 16, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ

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