This is not officially a Great Walk but popular, long and organised, south west of South Island), a new walk, 3 days, 53km (33m). Well marked, about 18km (11m) per day.
Within a world heritage area the walk goes around the western end of Bluecliffs beach on Te Wae Wae Bay.
Hikers pass through the Waitutu coastal marine terraces and cross the historic Rowallan Maori Lands, taking in indigenous wildlife such as Hector’s dolphins, the kea – a New Zealand parrot – while enjoying diverse scenery from alpine passes to sandstone outcrops.
There are two 40 bunk huts on the track at Okaka (night 1) and Port Craig village (night 2) equipped with cookers, tables, some hot water, plenty of cold water, lighting, heating, toilets and hut wardens with radios from October to April. Book ahead!
Not recommended for children under 10.
Guided walks available with a helicopter service for those who want to miss the first day.
Lake Harris seen from the Routeburn Track by Andre Chalmers.