Key Info: off track, hut, $$, on track, camping, chamois.
Follow the Routeburn and turn off towards Key Summit, then follow Livingstone Ridge along until you reach Duck Creek and descend down to McKellar Hut. From here it is an easy walk out to The Divide the next day. You can either stay in McKellar Hut (24 bunks) or camp nearby:
After reaching Key Summit continue along the ridge, there is a well-formed path initially however the ridge is open and not particularly steep so easy walking. There is a chance of seeing Chamois. There is a good track from the top of Duck Creek down the spur (not marked on the map) .
From McKellar Hut it is 1.5-2.15 hours to Lake Howden Hut, then another 1-1.5 hours (3.4 km) to The Divide.
(Updated 2013 - J.Vincent)
(Updated 2018 - C-L. Schloots)