Independent Mountain Guides

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Routeburn Trek

This walk will suit someone who wants to hike off the beaten track a bit! The Routeburn Track is recognised as one of the most spectacular hikes in New Zealand. 

Independent Mountain Guides Queenstown now offers you a chance to see this spectacular lush valley, snow clad alpine peaks and beautiful bush and wildlife. We are an experienced boutique guiding company established in 1996 specialising in "very small group numbers".

We go off the beaten track after hiking the first part of the traditonal Routeburn into the North Routeburn where the valley opens up and the hike offered is through "Tolkien like forest" and open tussock country. This is also the home of recently discovered Moa bones.

Where? Explore the Routeburn Track at the top of Glenorchy near Queenstown. Trips depart in most weather conditions,

What Time? Trips commence at 8.15 am in Queenstown and returns at 6.00 pm. We will pick you up from where you are staying and take you to the start of the Routeburn track from Queenstown (1.25 hours travel time).

How Long? 5-6 hours trekking.

Trip Details

The trek begins with a gradually ascending track that takes you through lush beech forest next to the gorge of the Routeburn River. Before long (2 hours) we get to the Routeburn Flats Hut and its time for a cuppa billy tea and chocolate biscuit.

From there we cross the small creek outside the hut yes in bare feet in true Bear Grylls style, once safely over we donne out footwear and commence our hike over some very wide flats. This gives us a grand view of the surrounding mountains and bush.

We follow marker poles and a faint track slightly uphill to the North Routeburn valley over side creeks, through old glacial moraine deposits now bush covered and into a region where "moa bones" were recently discovered.

Our end point is the Somnus Bivvy (2 hours for fit walkers) a distinct bivvy rock that sleeps valley travelers or climbers whilst waiting to climb the brooding Somnus Peak above the valley floor.

Sometimes we turn around sooner to enable a leisurely return to the Routeburn carpark and a visit to some of the informative loop circuits .You will be looking forward to sitting down and perhaps a "carnap" on the drive back to Queenstown arriving at roughly 6pm.

Who will teach me? Your local, friendly and qualified guide knows the region well and will carry safety gear and a person location beacon in the event of any emergency.

How? Book online or phone 0274 140 544.

What We Provide

  • Transport to the trek
  • hiking poles, 
  • footwear (supplied on request if necessary), 
  • rain parkas, 
  • hats and gloves (should you require these)
  • Refreshments (hot cups of tea and biscuits) at various stopping points

What to Bring?

  • your own lunch and favourite snacks,
  • water bottle,
  • quality trekking shoes are recommend,
  • clothing appropriate for the weather on the day
  • camera
  • back country walking fitness is essential.


  • 2 people $295 per person
  • 3-4 people $195 per person
  • Trip can accommodate two, three or four people. (min 2 persons required)

Accredited, experienced, professional guides and instructors are used only by IMG. Personal safety is our priority. We have been operating since 1991 in Queenstown. We are approved and audited DOC concessionaires, have daily safety and risk management plans in place, have local resource consents.

We have all been examined and assessed either by the New Zealand Mountain Guides Assn or the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Assn or equivalent overseas bodies.

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