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Milford Track

The Milford Track is known as 'The finest walk in the world' and has become very popular, with hut tickets selling out quickly for the Great Walks season each year. Freedom walk one of the finest tracks in Fiordland National Park and experience the lush green rainforest, pristine lakes and rivers and be captivated by the spectacular views on offer. Tracknet services connect with each boat to and from the Milford Track during the great walks season. Charter services by prior arrangement.

Milford Tracknet Info

The below transport options are only available during our Summer season (29th October 2019 to 1st May 2020) – please contact us if you require transport outside of these months. Please read the following before booking. A single asterisk (*) indicates further information about the service is available below:

  • Hut and boat tickets must be booked through the Department of Conservation before buses are booked
  • 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 hut and boat tickets. There may also be a possible bus change.
  • The 6:55am service from Queenstown to Te Anau Downs and the 9:45am service from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs connect with the 10:30am boat from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf.
  • The 10:35am service from Queenstown to Te Anau Downs and the 1:25pm service from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs connects with the 2:00pm boat from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf.
  • Milford Sound to Queenstown services have a restroom break and possible bus change in Te Anau
  • The 2:00pm boat from Sandfly Point connects with the 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau and Queenstown
  • The 3:00pm and 4:00pm boats from Sandfly Point connect with the 5:00pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau (with a stopover in Milford Sound).
  • All services have limited pick up and drop off points

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

Milford Track Shuttle Departure Times Travel Time
Queenstown to Te Anau Downs 6:55am* 10:35am* 3hrs & 15mins
Te Anau to Te Anau Downs 7:15am 9:45am 1:25pm 30 mins
Boat from Te Anau Downs to Milford Track (Book With DOC) 10:30am 2:00pm 1hr & 30mins
Boat from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (Book With DOC) 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 20mins
Milford Sound to Te Anau 9:25am 2:30pm 5:00pm 2hrs & 15mins
Milford Sound to Queenstown 9:25am 2:30pm 5hrs

Image from: DOC

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.

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. It is 150kms from Invercargill; 180kms from Queenstown; 300kms from Dunedin and 650kms from Christchurch. Te Anau has a full range of accommodation, hire services and car storage.

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 – Glade Wharf to Milford Sound, during the Great Walks Summer Season (late October to late April). Only 40 Independent Walkers and a similar number of Guided walkers are permitted to start the track each day. Booking during summer is essential – book through the Department of Conservation website to reserve your hut space on the Track.

The Milford Track passes through the beech forests of a sheer-sided glacial valley as it gradually climbs and follows the usually crystal-clear Clinton River to the foot of Mackinnon Pass. From the pass (1073 metres) spectacular views of the surrounding mountains are obtained. The 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 wide 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.

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. Staying overnight in shelters or camping on the Milford track is not permitted and departures are dependent on weather and track conditions.

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