Altitude: 336m to 1307m. Gain: 2718m. Loss: 2872m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot, avalanche risk (3/7)
The Routeburn Great Walk is rightly recognised as world class. Big huts, bridged streams, facilities like gas burners, a Great Walk must be booked many months before the tramp.
The Greenstone Valley, in contrast, has smaller huts, no booking and suits more independent trampers.
Combining the two tramps provides a taste of what NZ has to offer (start on the Routeburn as it is easier to manage booking times)
Transport is readily arranged to and from both trailheads.