2011 Routeburn Track, New Zealand - This was a 3 day hike we took last year (Christmas) using the New Zealand hut system. We were amazed at how well constructed and maintained their trail system is. The huts were unbelievable! Park rangers in abundance. Perfect for backpacking with kids. They were clean and friendly. There is a permitting system which guarantees you a bunk on the “Great Hikes”. For less than $100 we were able to stay 2 nights (One at the Routeburn Falls hut and one at Mckenzie Hut). Spectacular scenery and alpine views. Truly the best backpacking trip we have been on. As it turned out, not nearly as difficult as hiking the Kalalau trail.