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The Milford Track will reopen from the 26th of February as the Southern Milford-Mackinnon Experience, this will start and finish at Glade House.
This experience is a day shorter than the original Milford Great Walk so you will have an opportunity to ‘Stay an Extra Day in Fiordland’ to experience some of the other activities in this beautiful part of the world.
Ferries to the Milford Track will remain at the same time. The ferry back from Glade House to Te Anau Downs will depart at 4.30pm, the bus connection to Te Anau Downs to Te Anau will depart at 5.30pm and can be booked via this website.
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:
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|
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.