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Milford Track Transport

Great Walks Fiordland

MILFORD TRACK bookings are open.

Book your Milford Track transport package with Tracknet

Tracknet make it simple to book your Milford Track transport from either Te Anau or Queenstown. Travel in our comfortable coaches to and from the connecting ferries. Be sure to start the track in style, travel onboard the large ferry for a relaxing cruise to begin your Fiordland adventure.

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The Milford Track is known as 'The finest walk in the world' and is very popular, with hut tickets selling out quickly for the Great Walks season each year. Freedom walk the 53.5 km track over 3 nights & 4 days and experience the lush green rainforest, pristine lakes and rivers, and be captivated by the spectacular views on offer.
Tracknet has Milford Track Transport packages with services connecting with each boat to and from the Milford Track during the Great Walks season. Our bus & boat transport packages can be booked from either Te Anau or Queenstown.

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Why book your Milford Track Transport with us?

  • ARRIVE AT THE TRAIL HEAD IN COMFORT

    Travel Te Anau Downs to Glade House aboard an all-weather catamaran with large viewing windows, viewing deck, toilets and complimentary tea & coffee.

  • EXPERTS IN THE FIELD

    Tracknet has been operating a dedicated Track transport network in Fiordland for over 30 years

  • LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS

    Tracknet is a truly family owned & operated business with 3 generations currently working in the business

  • WE LOVE FIORDLAND

    Tracknet is a major supporter of local conservation efforts, including the whio breeding programme & predator control lines. We love Fiordland and are committed to its future!

Milford Track Transport Packages

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  • Depart Te Anau (Morning) > Walk the Milford Track > Return Te Anau

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    $240.00
    per adult
    $156.00
    per child
    • Day 1: Bus 9.45am Te Anau to Te Anau Downs + 10.30am fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (arrive Milford Track at 11.30am)
    • Day 4: 2:00pm ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound + 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau (Arrives in Te Anau at 4:40pm).
  • Depart Te Anau (Afternoon) > Walk the Milford Track > Return Te Anau

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    $240.00
    per adult
    $156.00
    per child
    • Day 1: Bus 1:25pm Te Anau to Te Anau Downs + 2:00pm fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (arrive Milford Track at 3:00pm)
    • Day 4: 2:00pm ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound + 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau (Arrives in Te Anau at 4:40pm).
  • 7:00am from Queenstown > Return Queenstown

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    $327.00
    per adult
    $217.00
    per child
    • Day 1: Bus 7:00am from Queenstown to Te Anau Downs + 10:30am fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (on the track at 11:30am)
    • Day 4: 2:00pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound + 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • 10:30am from Queenstown > Return Queenstown

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    $327.00
    per adult
    $217.00
    per child
    • Day 1: Bus 10:30am from Queenstown to Te Anau Downs + 2.00pm fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (on the track at 3:00m)
    • Day 4: 2:00pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound + 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • Depart Te Anau > Walk the Milford Track > Milford Cruise > Return Te Anau

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    $325.00
    per adult
    $191.00
    per child
    • Day 1: Bus 1:25pm Te Anau to Te Anau Downs + 2:00pm fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf
    • Day 4: 2:00pm ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (20 mins) + 2.45pm Milford Sound Cruise + 5:00pm bus service from Milford Sound to Te Anau
  • Depart Queenstown > Walk the Milford Track > Milford Cruise > Return Queenstown

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    $412.00
    per adult
    $252.00
    per child
    • Day 1: Bus 10.30am Queenstown to Te Anau Downs + 2:00pm fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf
    • Day 4: 2:00pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (20 mins) + 2.45pm Milford Sound Cruise + 5:00pm bus service from Milford Sound to Te Anau (arriving in Te Anau at 7:00pm).
    • Day 5: Depart Te Anau to Queenstown at 11:30am
  • Depart Queenstown > Overnight Te Anau > Walk the Milford Track > Return Queenstown

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    $327.00
    per adult
    $217.00
    per child
    • Day 1: Bus 4:35pm Queenstown to Te Anau (arriving 7:05pm)
    • Day 2: Bus 9:25am Te Anau to Te Anau Downs + 10:30am fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf
    • Day 5: 2:00pm ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound + 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau (20 minute break) - continue on to Queenstown (arrives in Queenstown at 7:40pm)

Plan Your Trip

Milford Track Info

The 53.5 km Milford Track is in the heart of spectacular Fiordland National Park, which is part of the Te Wahi Pounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Often described as the finest walk in the world, the Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular. The track can only be walked in one direction, as a 4 day / 3-night walk from Glade Wharf to Milford Sound during the Great Walks Summer Season (late October to late April). Just 40 independent walkers and a similar number of guided walkers are permitted to start the track each day. Pre-booking your hut tickets during summer is essential – book through the Department of Conservation website to reserve your hut space on the Track.

The Milford Track starts at the head of Lake Te Anau and finishes in Milford Sound. Te Anau is the nearest township to the start of the track and 180kms from Queenstown. From here the track passes through the beech forests of a sheer-sided glacial valley as it gradually climbs and follows the crystal-clear Clinton River to the foot of Mackinnon Pass. From the pass (1154 metres), spectacular views of the surrounding mountains are your reward. Sutherland Falls, the highest waterfall in New Zealand can be seen after the descent from the pass. The higher rainfall and milder temperatures of the Arthur Valley give a more diverse forest walk, past waterfalls and lakes to Sandfly Point. A variety of native birds may be seen or heard along the length of the track.

Your walk concludes at Sandfly Point where a ferry will take you the short distance across the bay to Milford Sound. Here is where the Tracknet bus departs to take you on your onward journey to the Divide, Te Anau Downs, Te Anau, or Queenstown.

Booking Information (2022/2023)

The transport options on this page are only available during the Great Walks season from 25th October 2022 to 30th April 2023. Hut bookings open at 9.30am on 3rd May 2022. Please contact us if you require transport outside of these months. Please read the following details before booking:

  • As space is limited on the Milford Track, hut reservations must be made on the Department of Conservation website before you book your bus & ferry transport packages.
  • The Queenstown to Te Anau Downs service has a 15 minute stop-over at the Te Anau Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre for passengers to collect their hut tickets. There may also be a possible bus change here.
  • Ferry information for Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf. The 10:30am & 2:00pm ferries are operated by our partners at Real Journeys and are available from 25th October 2022 to 30th April 2023. You will travel in a large, comfortable vessel with local commentary and complimentary tea & coffee available onboard. The trip takes 1 hour from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf, the start of the Milford Track.
  • The 7:00am bus service from Queenstown to Te Anau Downs & the 9:45am service from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs, both connect with the 10:30am boat from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf.
  • The 10:30am service from Queenstown to Te Anau Downs & the 1:25pm service from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs, both connect with the 2:00pm boat from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf.
  • 9:25am & 2:30pm Milford Sound to Queenstown services have a restroom break and possible bus change in Te Anau.
  • The ferry transport from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound Terminal starts at 2:00pm and continues to do shuttle transport until 3:30pm. This ferry connects with the 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau/Queenstown and there is also a 5:00pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau.
  • If you book the 5:00pm bus from Milford to Te Anau, there is enough time for an optional Milford Sound Cruise at 2:45pm (additional cost applies), this is well worth doing and we can book this tour for you.
  • All services have limited pick up and drop off points.
  • Note that accommodation is not included in our transport packages.

Bookings: You can check departure times and availability online. Book online and receive an instant email confirmation. Alternatively, please contact us to make your bookings or for further details.

Bus Timetable

Milford Track Shuttle Departure Times Travel Time
Queenstown to Te Anau Downs 10:30am* 3hrs & 15mins
Te Anau to Te Anau Downs 1:25pm 30 mins
Ferry from Te Anau Downs to Milford Track 2:00pm 1 hour
Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound 2:00pm 3:00pm 20mins
Milford Sound to Te Anau 9:25am 2:30pm 5:00pm 2hrs
Milford Sound to Queenstown 9:25am 2:30pm 5hrs
Milford Sound Cruise 2:45pm 1hr & 45mins

* The Queenstown to Te Anau Downs service has a 15 minute stop-over at the Te Anau Department of Conservation (DOC) to collect hut tickets. There may also be a possible bus change.

Fiordland Base Camp

The Tracknet office is based at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park (77 Te Anau-Manapouri Highway), and because of our fantastic location we are able to offer our customers so much more than just transport! Stay with us at Fiordland's Basecamp, and take advantage of these convenient extras

  • Wide variety of accommodation options
  • Across the road from the Department of Conservation (DOC) office, where you can pickup your hut tickets
  • FREE overnight carparking
  • FREE excess luggage storage
  • 10 -minute walk into Te Anau town centre to supermarkets & restaurants
  • Showers after walk for $8.00
  • Coffee shop on site

We have been organising track transport in Te Anau for over 30 years, so know what people need to get them there. Make your trip even easier and book your accommodation at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park, your Fiordland Basecamp.

Milford Track Map

Image from: DOC

Winter Season Transport Information

Tracknet provides a Milford Track Winter Transport Package for experienced hikers who want to explore the Milford Track at its most wild. In the winter season (May to late October) walkers can travel the track, staying up to two nights at each hut with Back Country hut tickets. Departures are dependent on weather and track conditions.
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