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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 and we now offer full bus & boat transport packages to and from the Milford Track. See the transport options below.
Charter services by prior arrangement.

Milford Track Transport Packages

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    Afternoon Te Anau to Te Anau

    • $224.00 per adult
      $109.00 per child
      • Depart Te Anau at 1:25pm by bus to link with the 2:00pm ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf. This will have you on the track at 3:00pm for the 1.5 hour walk to Clinton Hut.
        Three days later, upon the completion of the walk, take the 1:30pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound and connect to the 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau. Arriving in Te Anau at 4:40pm.
      • Post Image 1:25pm Te Anau to Te Anau Downs
      • Post Image 2:00pm Te Anau Downs to Glade
      • Post Image 1:30pm Sandfly Point to Milford
      • Post Image 2:30pm Milford to Te Anau
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    Morning Te Anau to Te Anau

    • From 17th Dec - 5th April
      $224.00 per adult
      $109.00 per child
      • Depart Te Anau at 9:45am by bus to link with the 10:30am ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf. This will have you on the track by 11:30am, allowing you plenty of time for the leisurely 5km walk to Clinton Hut.
        Three days later, upon the completion of the walk, take the 3:00pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound and connect with the 5:00pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau, giving you some time to relax in Milford Sound. Service arrives in Te Anau at 7:00pm.
      • Post Image 9:45am Te Anau to Te Anau Downs
      • Post Image10:30am Te Anau Downs to Glade
      • Post Image3:00pm Sandfly Point to Milford
      • Post Image 5:00pm Milford to Te Anau
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    Afternoon Te Anau to Te Anau + Cruise

    • $293.00 per adult
      $140.00 per child
      • Depart Te Anau at 1:25pm by bus to link with the 2:00pm ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf. This will have you on the track at 3:00pm for the 1.5 hour walk to Clinton Hut.
        Three days later, upon the completion of the walk, take the 1:30pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound. Then at 3:00pm take a 1.45 hour Milford Sound Scenic Cruise, the perfect way to finish the walk. Return bus to Te Anau departs at 5:00pm, arriving in Te Anau at 7:00pm
      • Post Image 1:25pm Te Anau to Te Anau Downs
      • Post Image 2:00pm Te Anau Downs to Glade
      • Post Image 1:30pm Sandfly Point to Milford
      • Post Image 3:00pm Scenic Milford Cruise
      • Post Image 5:00pm Milford to Te Anau
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    Morning Queenstown to Queenstown

    • $309.00 per adult
      $170.00 per child
      • Depart Queenstown at 10:35am (10:50am Airport) for Te Anau Downs to link with the 2:00pm ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (Brief stopover in Te Anau to collect hut tickets). This will have you on the track at 3:00pm for the 1.5 hour walk to Clinton Hut.
        Three days later, upon the completion of the walk, take the 1:30pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound and take the 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown. This service has a 20-minute stopover in Te Anau, arriving Queenstown at 7:40pm
      • Post Image 10:35am Queenstown to Te Anau Downs
      • Post Image 2:00pm Te Anau Downs to Glade
      • Post Image 1:30pm Sandfly Point to Milford
      • Post Image 2:30pm Milford Sound to Queenstown
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    Queenstown to Queenstown Last Night Stay in Te Anau + Cruise

    • $378.00 per adult
      $202.00 per child
      • Depart Queenstown at 10:35am (10:50am Airport) for Te Anau Downs to link with the 2:00pm ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (Brief stopover in Te Anau to collect hut tickets). This will have you on the track at 3:00pm for the 1.5 hour walk to Clinton Hut.
        Three days later, upon the completion of the walk, take the 1:30pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound. Then at 3:00pm take a 1.45 hour Milford Sound Scenic Cruise, the perfect way to finish the walk.
        Return bus Milford Sound to Te Anau Departs at 5:00pm, arriving in Te Anau at 7:00pm giving you the night to relax in Te Anau (accommodation not included in fare).
        Depart the next day Te Anau to Queenstown at 11:30am arriving in Queenstown at 2:30pm.
      • Post Image 10:35am Queenstown to Te Anau Downs
      • Post Image 2:00pm Te Anau Downs to Glade
      • Post Image 1:30pm Sandfly Point to Milford
      • Post Image 3:00pm Scenic Cruise
      • Post Image 5:00pm Milford to Te Anau
      • Post Image 11:30am Te Anau to Queenstown
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    Queenstown to Queenstown First Night Stay in Te Anau

    • $309.00 per adult
      $170.00 per child
      • Depart Queenstown at 4:35pm (4:50pm Airport) for Te Anau arriving in Te Anau at 7:15pm. Overnight in Te Anau (accommodation not included in fare).
        Depart Te Anau at 1:25pm by bus to link with the 2:00pm ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf. This will have you on the track at 3:00pm for the 1.5 hour walk to Clinton Hut.
        Three days later, upon the completion of the walk, take the 1:30pm ferry Sandfly Point to Milford Sound and connect to the 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown. This service has a 20-minute stopover in Te Anau arriving Queenstown at 7:40pm.
      • Post Image 4:35pm Queenstown to Te Anau
      • Post Image 1:25pm Te Anau to Te Anau Downs
      • Post Image 2:00pm Te Anau Downs to Glade
      • Post Image 1:30pm Sandfly Point to Milford
      • Post Image 2:30pm Milford to Queenstown

2020/2021 Bookings

The full 3 night, 4 day Milford Track walk will reopen from 30 November 2020 to 30 April 2021. Hut bookings are essential during this period and Milford Track hut reservations are open from 9:30am on Tuesday 18th August 2020 on the Department of Conservation website.

Bookings will open in September (date to be announced) for hiking on the Milford Track from 27 October to 29 November 2020. This will be for a 2 night, 3 day walk. Bookings will be required for the Clinton and Mintaro huts. Please note that the section between Dumpling Hut and Sandfly Point remains closed until the 30th of November 2020.

The below transport options are only available during 30 November 2020 - 30 April 2021. Contact us if you require transport outside of these months. Please read the following details before booking:

  • Hut reservations must be made on the Department of Conservation website before booking transport packages, which includes bus and ferry.
  • 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 tickets. There may also be a possible bus change.
  • Ferry times for Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf: the 2:00pm ferry is available from 30th November 2020 to 30th April 2021 and the 10:30am ferry is only available from the 17th December 2020 to 5th April 2021.
  • 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 ferry transport from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound Terminal starts at 1:30pm and continues to do shuttle transport until 3:30pm. Ferry connects with the 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau and Queenstown and the 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 3:00pm (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

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.

Milford Track Shuttle Departure Times Travel Time
Queenstown to Te Anau Downs 6:55am* 10:35am* 3hrs & 15mins
Te Anau to Te Anau Downs 9:45am 1:25pm 30 mins
Ferry from Te Anau Downs to Milford Track 10:30am 2:00pm 1hr & 30mins
Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound 1:30pm to 3:30pm 20mins
Milford Sound to Te Anau 2:30pm 5:00pm 2hrs & 15mins
Milford Sound to Queenstown 2:30pm 5hrs
Milford Sound Cruise 3:00pm 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.

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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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