The Routeburn Track, New Zealand (map)
If you google the most famous hike in the world you will find it is the hike to Milford Sound. Naturally we are ones to cave to the peer pressure of the internet but apparently so is the rest of the world. Due to its overwhelming popularity the Milford Track books sometimes more than a year in advance and we found that there were no last minute cancellations.
So we convinced ourselves it was over hyped and sought out what some of the locals believe to be the best one day segment in the Fiordlands; the Routeburn Track. The Routeburn Track is actually a 3 day hike where you camp in back country huts as you hike from Glenorchy to the Milford area.
Though to save a a few bucks and still get a taste of the Routeburn highlights we started from the Fiordland side and worked our way up to Earland Falls followed by the Summit trail to the promised vistas above. The Summit trail is supposed to be a quick 30 minute one-way, but after seeing a hidden overgrown trail through a patch of woods and the summit still to come we pushed on for another hour to get the lesser seen but grander viewpoints of the Summit trail hike.
Still no trip to the Fiordlands would be complete without a visit to Milford Sound, so we pointed the Blue Blur down the sweeping switchbacks until the road met the bay. Arriving at what some could say is New Zealand’s most iconic views only to be greeted by it’s best kept secret…