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Routeburn Track: Divide Shelter

Intermediate

Trail

2.0 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
70% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 355' 108 m
Descent: -887' -270 m
High: 2,614' 797 m
Low: 1,737' 529 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

The final section of the Routeburn Track.

Russell Hobart

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

Permit required - New Zealand has a unique system of simple (mostly) backcountry 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

The route is good for running with well-maintained trail and a few steep drops.

Description

Leaving the Lake Howden Hut, head up the trail on a steady rise for half a mile. Here you have the opportunity to drop your bag and jump on the Key Summit Track for one last spectacular view of the valley.

After you are back down, grab your bag and continue on for another half mile where you go down through some steep switchbacks. Cruise for a while as you cut across the face of the hill until you have one last drop in the last section. The elevation changes, while steep, are generally short-lived.

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 possoms.

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NZ Mountain Safety Council has created this video guide for the Routeburn Track. The alpine section of this 'Great Walk' will take the entirety of your second day. This video takes you through this alpine section in detail.
Feb 25, 2020 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 Howden
Feb 8, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Mount Christina from the Routeburn Track
Feb 5, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Mount Christina through the trees on the Routeburn Track
Feb 5, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ

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