North & South - - Travel -

An early start to your Route­burn Track walk and late-af­ter­noon re­turn to Queen­stown means spend­ing two nights, at least, in the re­sort town. Many walk­ers take the op­por­tu­nity to stay longer; it’s also the per­fect place to stock up on ad­ven­ture-gear, from the fan­ci­est high-tech cloth­ing to merino “foot fleece”. De­spite the Route­burn’s “mod­er­ate” de­gree of dif­fi­culty, if you’re not youth­ful and strap­ping you’ll re­turn with your mus­cles protest­ing. So lucky me to start and end my trek at The Rees Ho­tel ( The Lake Wakatipu views from the ho­tel’s lux­ury rooms and lounge-li­brary are splen­did and the din­ing is top-notch, but al­most as good for Route­burn re­turnees is sink­ing into your per­sonal spa bath and turn­ing on all the jets. They even leave you a laven­der bath sa­chet. Your hiker’s legs will thank you.

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