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Routeburn Track: Lake Mackenzie Hut

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.3 mile 7.0 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 310' 95 m
Descent: -1,398' -426 m
High: 4,024' 1,227 m
Low: 2,936' 895 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

A section of the beautiful Routeburn Trail.

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · 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

A little more treacherous footing than much of the trail but still good for running.

Description

Leaving the Harris Shelter, you'll cut along the edge of a steep tussock grass hill. Being above the tree line allows you expansive views of the Hollyford Valley and the surrounding mountains. The trail rolls along trending down until you turn the corner and get a commanding view of the emerald green and deep blue waters of Lake Mackenzie. After making some steep switchbacks you are back in the Beech forest and shortly you arrive at the Lake Mackenzie hut.

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.

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Photos

Mount Patuki covered in clouds
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Lake Mackenzie and Ocean Peak
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
On a clear day, you can see the ocean from the Routeburn Track
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Emily Peak and Lake Mackenzie from the Routeburn Track
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
View across the Hollyford Valley onto the snowy mountain ridge
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Lake MacKenzie looks beautiful in the fog from MacKenzie Hut along the Routeburn Track.
Mar 9, 2017 near Queenstown, NZ

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