For a taste of the Routeburn Track Great Walk or for an easy overnight tramp with kids, walk to Lake Howden with plenty of mountain and valley views along the way.

Track overview

3.4 km return via same track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From The Divide carpark follow the Routeburn Track through silver beech forest to the Key Summit Track turn off.

Detour to Key Summit (1–1 hr 30 min return) otherwise it's a short descent to pretty Lake Howdon and Lake Howden Hut.

Lake Howden Hut.

Lake Howden Hut

Category: Great Walk
Facilities: 28 bunk beds, cooking, heating, lighting, mattresses
Bookings required

Peaceful Lake Howden, Routeburn Track. Photo copyright: Alex Komarovsky. DOC USE ONLY.
Peaceful Lake Howden, Routeburn Track

Getting there

This walk begins at The Divide, about 85 km along the Milford Road from Te Anau.


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Full office details
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