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North Branch Track

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 5.0 (2)

A great day hike from the Flats Hut.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

2,788' 850 m

High

2,213' 674 m

Low

634' 193 m

Up

92' 28 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

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

Permit required - New Zealand has a unique system of simple (mostly) backcountry 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

From the Flats Hut, head north toward the Routeburn River. Take your shoes off and cross where you feel comfortable. The trail starts out braided as it cuts through the open grassy plain and becomes more well-defined as you follow the small tributary upstream. About a mile in, you are back in the forest. Keep following the creek until it becomes too much trouble and then head back.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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Photos

Snowy Somnus guards a serene alpine valley.
Jan 15, 2017 near Queenstown, NZ
Crystal Clear stream crossings.
Dec 26, 2019 near Queenstown, NZ
I think this is the end?
Dec 26, 2019 near Queenstown, NZ
Routeburn Flats
Feb 16, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Our group poses outside Flats Hut with Conical Hill serving as the backdrop.
Jan 15, 2017 near Queenstown, NZ

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Dec 20, 2019
Kelvin Nicholson
The track doesn't exist when not in the forest, and the recent rains made it very wet.