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Routeburn Track: Lake Mackenzie Hut

Intermediate/Difficult
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A section of the beautiful Routeburn Trail.


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Map Key

4.3

Miles

7.0

KM

Point to Point

4,024' 1,227 m

High

2,936' 895 m

Low

310' 95 m

Up

1,398' 426 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

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

Permit required - New Zealand has unique system of simple (mostly) back country 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/

Description

Leaving the Harris Shelter, you'll cut along the edge of a steep tussock grass hill. Being above the tree line allows you expansive views of the Hollyford Valley and the surrounding mountains. The trail rolls along trending down until you turn the corner and get a commanding view of the emerald green and deep blue waters of Lake Mackenzie. After making some steep switchbacks you are back in the Beech forest and shortly you arrive at the Lake Mackenzie hut.

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 possums.

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Russell Hobart

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Photos

View from Harris Shelter into the heart of Fiordland National Park
Feb 15, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Panorama from the Routeburn Track with Lake Mackenzie to the left and the clouds moving into the Hollyford Valley to the right
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Mount Patuki covered in clouds
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Lake Mackenzie and Ocean Peak
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
On a clear day, you can see the ocean from the Routeburn Track
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Emily Peak and Lake Mackenzie from the Routeburn Track
Feb 11, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ

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