Six-day challenge of self-discovery
Join LifeChanger co-founders Scott Watters, Trevor Hendy, international adventurer Mark George and LifeChanger ambassador and ironwoman Karla Gilbert in spectacular New Zealand. Covering 80kms, this Challenge incorporates the beautiful and historically significant Routeburn Track and Greenstone Track in both the Fiordland National Park and the Mt Aspiring National Park.
Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s nine ‘Great Walks’ and is described as the ultimate alpine adventure. We’ll follow the Routeburn Gorge along the crystal clear Routeburn River, hiking up the valley and along the Darran Mountains.
From there we’ll descend and join the Greenstone Track, which follows a wide open and incredibly beautiful valley between two ranges.
On the final day we’ll take a scenic helicopter through Skippers Canyon till we reach the top of Shotover River where we will finish the adventure reaches it’s climax, rafting down the white water rapids! An incredible way to finish to an unforgettable week.
LifeChanger has partnered with Patagonia to provide Challenge Series participants with 50% off all equipment for the trek!
As a LifeChanger Challenge Series participant, you’ll have the opportunity to be a part of an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Immerse yourself in spectacular environments, feel your heart in your chest and your feet on ground as you hike, swim, climb and reconnect with who you are.
You’re not alone.
You’ll be joined by a group of like-minded inspiring individuals who believe in giving back, and who are willing to be the change they want to see in their own lives, and the lives of their family, friends and wider community.
You’ll be guided through the Challenge by our experienced Challenge Leaders including former former elite sports coach Scott Watters, six-time Ironman Trevor Hendy, and renowned International Adventurer Mark George.
Our LifeChanger Ambassadors never miss an opportunity to join and inspire on our Challenges! You will be joined by the likes of Pat Rafter (Tennis legend), Sam Riley (Olympian), Hayden Quinn (Master Chef) and Karla Gilbert (Iron Women Champion) Alice Kunek (Gold Medalist, Basketball) Robbie Kearns (NRL Legend) Adam Thompson (Aria award winner) Dermott Brereton (AFL Legend) Mason Cox (AFL Player) Ali Day (World Champion Ironman)
Day 1 | Ascention - 10km
The track begins at Routeburn Shelter, winding alongside the pristene Route Burn (river). After passing Sugarloaf Stream, we will climb to Bridal Veil Waterfall and continue above the gorge. A swing bridge leads to open grassed flats, and the Routeburn Flats Hut and Campsite. The track then climbs steadily through amazing beech forest, providing views of the Humboldt Mountains. We will finish the day at Routeburn Falls Hut, on the edge of the bushline and close to the impressive Routeburn Falls cascade.
Day 2 | Tranquility - 18km
On day 2, you’ll climb steadily up the valley, through wetlands and tussock-covered flats, before sidling along the bluffs above Lake Harris to reach the highest point on the track at Harris Saddle/Tarahaka Whakatipu (1,255 metres). The track then descends and traverses along the exposed Hollyford Face, with expansive views over the Darran Mountains. This section of the track is well-known for its impressive array of alpine plants. A steady descent leads to Lake Mackenzie Hut, set beside the enchanting Lake Mackenzie.
Day 3 | Summit - 18km
Leaving Lake Mackenzie Hut the track crosses a small flat before climbing to the bushline. A gradual descent then leads past the ‘Orchard’, an open grassy area dotted with ribbonwood trees, to the impressive Earland Falls (174 metres). A popular side trip (1 hr 30 min) to Key Summit climbs to an alpine wetland with panoramic views over Fiordland mountains and alpine lakes. From here we will join to the Greenstone track and make our way across the river till we arrive at the Greenstone Saddle Campsite.
Day 4 | Greenstone - 22km
From the Greenstone Saddle Campsite we will make our way past lake McKeller and along the river for a relatively easy valley walk alternating between tussock flats and bush, until the track reaches a gorge through an old land slide. Steele Creek is crossed by a swingbridge and the track veers to the right passing close to a private hut (Steele Creek Lodge) and the the Greenstone Hut is approximately 1-2 hours away from this location.
The track then meanders down the valley past a large white terrace bank, still keeping on the true left of the river all the way down a wide open valley before entering the bush again. A junction in the track is reached shortly after this. A right turn leads across a bridge over a gorge to the Greenstone Hut (20 bunks) and the Mavora Walkway.
Day 5 | Final Stretch - 12km
On our final day we will continue down the Greenstone valley as it begins to narrow sharply as the river enters a long gorge section. Beyond Slip Flat the track enters the bush again and follows the river down to its junction with the Caples River. Several deep pools next to the track offer good swimming on hot days. From here it is a 30 minute walk to the Greenstone Car Park where we will embark on our final adventure.
Day 5 | White Water Rapids + Helicopter Ride
Once we reach the Greenstone Car Park we will take a bus to Arthurs Point rafting base for a safety briefing. From here we will take a helicopter through Skippers Canyon and be dropped off at the top of Shotover River and head down in the rapids! An incredible way to finish to an unforgettable week!
Routeburn Track, New Zealand