The Routeburn Hike

Trip Start Sep 10, 2007
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Lake Mackenzie Campsite

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

We woke up to a completely blue sky on the first morning of the Routeburn trek, how lucky are we eh!
This is a very popular trek in NZ, it is the best alternative to the Milford Sound Trek (apparently anyway!), You have to book all these treks in advance and we didn't book the Milford sound trek in time. The Milford and Routeburn treks are meant to be some of the best hikes in the world. 
The Routeburn is only 30km, however the highest point is 1200m so there was a fare bit of walking up the mountain, it was a tough first day and we were once again putting ourselves under pressure to get the walk done in 2 days! With a blue sky the views were amazing and you could see all the way to the Tasman sea from the top, fantastic. The first night we stayed at the Lake Mackenzie campsite. When we arrived at the campsite the weather changed very quickly and it was a very wet night.

For the second day, we had to get up at 5:30am in the rain! O! it was miserable dropping the tent and heading off in the semi-dark, soaked after about 2 mins ....the reason for the early start was so we could make our bus connection which was at 11:45am to Milford sound. So we set off for what we thought was at least 5 hours of walking but seeing as it was so wet we practically ran to the finish line  and made it to the bus pick up at 9am, good for us as we had nice dry clothes in our bags. We got dry and ate like savages for about the next hour while we waited for the bus. It was actually good that it was raining so bad as the walk was all through the forest, all there were hundreds of waterfalls so they were gushing downhill with all the rain.  This made the walk a little more exciting as we had to walk through most of the waterfalls as the track was flooded. My god in winter I reckon its a really tough walk. They had told us to expect at least one days rain on this track so we got that. We had to cross one waterfall and the two of us holding onto Orlas walking pole in case we got swept away!!! Edwards fall was the biggest waterfall on the trek, we had to take an alternative crossing to get past it as it was completely flooded and very dangerous to be honest.
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