Routeburn Nature Walk
Image: DOC 


An easy going, well interpreted loop track ideal for a family walk. It passes through beech/tawhai forest and other vegetation, similar to what the famed Routeburn Track passes through.

Track overview


Walking and tramping

40 min - 1 hr Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Paradise duck on Routeburn Nature walk. Image: Dan Quarantini.
Paradise duck encountered on the Routeburn Nature Walk

From the Routeburn shelter carpark, cross the Route Burn on the swingbridge and follow the main Routeburn Track for approximately 10 - 15 minutes. A marked turnoff on the left takes a winding path down from the main track onto the valley floor, where you pass through beautiful red beech/tawhero dominated forest.

After meandering its way through this flat area for 10 - 15 minutes, the track rejoins the main Routeburn Track at Sugarloaf Stream. From here you can either carry on across the Sugarloaf swingbridge up the Routeburn Track, or turn back and follow the main track back to the carpark (20 - 30 minutes).

Getting there

The end of the the Glenorchy-Routeburn Road, some 35 minutes from Glenorchy. The last section is on a gravel road. 


Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Address:   50 Stanley Street
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