kota's memex

routeburn

length: 32km (20mi) type: one way hiking high point: near Harris Saddle 1,300m (4,300ft) low point: Routeburn Shelter, 477m (1,565ft) season: summer to autumn

Alpine views, lakes, forests, tussocklands, rivers, waterfalls.

The trail is fairly well developed and you normally need to book a campsite / hut spot before doing the hike. It's nearby the sugarloaf pass which is part of the five mountain pass loop, a much less popular, but similarly beautiful trail. More rugged and challenging however.