Course Description

Track Distances and Heights

Location Distance From Start Meters Above Sea Level
Start Line 0 km 550 m
Key Summit 2.8 km 827 m
Howden Hut 3.5 km 950 m
Earland Falls 7.2 km 1000 m
Mackenzie Hut 12 km 925 m
Oceans Peak 15 km 1215 m
Harris Saddle 19.5 km 1292 m
Falls Hut 23 km 725 m
Finish Line 32.2 km 515 m

Divide to Lake Mackenzie 12km

The start is 500m before the Divide, this has the effect of spreading the field before you reach the single track of the Divide. From here you climb a well-graded track to the turn off to Howden Hut. You then descend to Lake Howden Hut for a chance to replenish your water supplies, before gradually climbing through lush silver beech forest to the base of Earland Falls. You will look over the Hollyford Valley to the ice capped Darran Mountains before descending to the lodge at Lake Mackenzie where another drink station is positioned and compulsory gear check is carried out. All athletes must pass through MaCkenzie by 1030am or return back to start with Marshalls.

Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls – 11km

You leave the ancient forest draped in moss and lichen, and enter the alpine world of daisies, buttercups, gentians and edelweiss. Here you have a full vista of the Darran Mountains across the Hollyford Valley, which slices through Fiordland to the distant Tasman Sea at Martins Bay. At the Harris Saddle (1277m), After running around Lake Harris you come into more intimate terms with the mountains towering above the upper basins of the Routeburn River as you descend to the Routeburn Falls hut.

Routeburn Falls to Routeburn Shelter and Finish Line – 9km

Enjoy the dramatic landscape around the Falls, before descending to the alpine pastures of the Routeburn Flats. The track shadows the river as it roars through a magnificent gorge before plunging beneath the unyielding rocks at the Sump. From here it is a gentle run through columns of red beech trees to a large swing bridge. It is then just 200meters to the Routeburn Shelter at the road end where the finish line is.

Map of the Course

Click here for the course map of the Routeburn Classic.