THE QUEENSTOWN CONNECTION
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 (therees.co.nz). 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.