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The track starts at The Divide carpark and shelter and follows the Routeburn Track for about an hour. It then branches off on a 20 minute climb to Key Summit, where there is a self guided alpine nature walk.

On our way here we passed a range of native vegetation: beech forest, sub-alpine shrublands, and alpine tarns and bogs. We've seen tomtits, robins, wood pigeons and bellbirds on this trek.

Key Summit provides panoramic views over the Humboldt and Darran Mountains. During the last ice age, which ended about 14,000 years ago, a huge glacier flowed down the Hollyford Valley and overtopped Key Summit by 500 metres, with ice branches splitting off into the Eglinton and Greenstone Valleys.

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