× MAY - OCTOBER 2020 : Our Tracknet office is open weekdays from 8.00am until 4.00pm. Our Te Anau to Queenstown connection has resumed weekday services.

Routeburn Track

Freedom walk one of the finest tracks in Fiordland National Park. At 32 kilometres long, the Routeburn Track is an intermediate level track and is usually completed over 2-3 days. For a longer walk, you can connect with the Greenstone and Caples routes for a more challenging tramp. The Routeburn Track can be entered at either the Divide or The Routeburn Shelter and walked in either direction West to East, or East to West (depending on huts booked).

Routeburn Track Loop Transport Packages

The Routeburn Track starts and finishes at different locations and there are entry/exit points at the Divide and the Routeburn Shelter. Routeburn Track walkers would usually need to travel from either Te Anau or Queenstown to start the track. Tracknet offer transport 'Loop Packages' to cater for walkers travelling in either direction. We also offer an option that includes a Milford Sound Cruise for those wanting to incorporate a trip to Milford Sound on their Routeburn Track adventure.

Image from: DOC


From: Departure Times Travel Time
Queenstown 6:55am 10:35am 4 hours
Te Anau 9:45am 1:25pm 1hr & 15mins
Milford Sound 2:30pm 5:00pm 1 hour
Hollyford Road End Not available
To: Departure Times Travel Time
Te Anau 3:15pm 5:45pm 1hr & 15mins
Queenstown 3:15pm 4 hours
Milford Sound 11:00am 2:45pm 1 hour
Hollyford Road End Not available
From: Departure Times Travel Time
Queenstown 8:00am 12:15pm 4:30pm (on demand only) 2hrs (Info & Track Bus)
Te Anau 7:15am Tracknet Bus and Info & Track Connection (see notes below) 4hrs & 30mins + stop over
From Milford Sound to The Divide Shelter 2:30pm 5:00pm 1 hour
To: Departure Times Travel Time
Queenstown 10:00am 2:00pm Info & Track Bus 2hrs
Te Anau 10:00am 2:00pm Info & Track Bus & Tracknet Connection (See notes below) 4hrs & 30mins + stop over

Routeburn Tracknet Info

The below transport options are only available during our ‘Summer’ season (27th October 2020 to 1st May 2021) – please contact us if you require transport outside of these months. Hut tickets must be booked through the Department of Conservation before buses are booked.

  • Queenstown to The Divide service has a 15 minute stop-over at Te Anau Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre for passengers to collect hut tickets.
  • Divide to Queenstown services (10:10am & 3:15pm) have a restroom break and possible bus change in Te Anau.
  • The service from Te Anau to Routeburn Shelter at 7:15am has a 2 hour & 30 minute stop-over in Queenstown. This service connects with the 12:15pm service from Queenstown to Routeburn Shelter.
  • The service from Routeburn Shelter to Te Anau has a bus change and stop-over in Queenstown. The 10:00am service has a 2 hour stop-over and the 2:00pm service has a 25 minute stop-over. They connect with the 2:00pm and 4:35pm Tracknet bus from Queenstown to Te Anau.
  • There is also a possible extra service from Queenstown to Routeburn Shelter at 4:30pm and Routeburn Shelter to Queenstown at 6:30pm. Minimum numbers of four passengers are required and limited travel dates apply, contact us for further details.
  • All services have limited pick-up and drop-off locations.

Bookings: To book a Routeburn Track Loop Transport Package, either click on the Loop Package link above that you require OR choose 'Track Packages' on our booking screen. Choose your start date and the Track Loop Package that you require. Our loop packages will automatically assume that you will spend 2 nights on the track and will choose the default departure times. You will have the opportunity to amend these times once you receive confirmation if needed. Alternatively, please contact us with your requirements.

Routeburn Track Info

The Routeburn Track is located in the south-west of the South Island and runs between the head of Lake Wakatipu and State Highway 94, the Te Anau /Milford Road. The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular tracks with approximately 13,000 walkers completing the track each year.

Most walkers take 3 days (2 nights) to complete the whole track but longer or shorter options are available. A wide variety of native birds may be seen or heard along the track. Tussock grasslands, herb fields, beech forest and bog plant communities are all passed through while walking on the track. Spectacular views of U-shaped and hanging valleys dominate the landscape as you pass numerous waterfalls and alpine lakes.

Tracknet are able to provide timely transport connections to each end of the Routeburn Track. Tracknet’s service connects with The Divide Shelter on the Milford Road. This is one start/finish point. Travelling to or away from the Divide, Tracknet services include Milford Sound, Hollyford Track, Te Anau, Queenstown and Invercargill.

The other start/finish point of the Routeburn Track is the Routeburn Shelter, which is at the Mount Aspiring National Park end of the Routeburn Track near Glenorchy. Travelling to or away from The Routeburn Shelter, Tracknet are able to arrange transport for you on Info & Track’s bus service.

Queenstown, Glenorchy and Te Anau have a full range of accommodation available. Queenstown and Te Anau have shopping and hire services to cater for all walkers’ needs.


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