“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
The New Zealand Silver Fern, the symbol of purity and beauty.
The Routeburn Track in the South Island of New Zealand is perhaps one of the finest hikes in the world. It rates up there with neighboring Milford Track as well as the world-famous Annapurna Trek in Nepal.
The 24 mile/29 kilometer Routeburn Track generally takes three days and climbs up to some of the most spectacular, pristine temperate rain forest and alpine scenery in the world. Unfortunately my husband and I only had one day allocated to a tramp (what the Kiwi’s call hiking) along the Routeburn Track, and we were going to make the most of it. Given what we had already seen of Queenstown and the surrounding area, we knew that our visit to Routeburn would be one of the best parts of the trip and we weren’t at all disappointed.
Below is a panoramic shot of the view at the top of the Routeburn Track….a view that we didn’t get to see. This means we’ll have to someday go back and do the whole thing! (Photo credit Wikipedia Commons).