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Routeburn Track is classified as a Great Walk from the end of October to the beginning of May. Overnighting on the track, either camping or in a hut, requires booking (often months) in advance. It can be walked in either direction between the Divide and Routeburn Shelter near Glenorchy. Trail head and terminus are more than 300km apart by road and it is common to use public transport of some sort to get back to where you started. It is possible for fit, experienced trampers to combine the Routeburn Track and the Greenstone or Caples track into a loop starting and finishing at The Divide.
The Routeburn is often done over 3 days, staying overnight at Lake Mackenzie Hut and Routeburn Falls but there are two other DOC huts and it can be walked in any way that suits you as long as you have pre booked your huts/camp sites.
During the winter and spring the Routeburn Track can be done using inexpensive hut tickets, however the track is cut by 35 avalanche cones and facilities such as bridges and gas cooking are removed. It is potentially a very serious winter/spring trek and not recommended without consulting a nearby DOC visitor centre. Avalanche transceivers, snow probes, shovels, and satellite emergency beacons are required.
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