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Experience the world-famous Milford Track outside of the Great Walks season.
Winter offers some of the most settled weather conditions and most beautiful scenery which you can enjoy at this time of year without the crowds. Milford Track in winter is for experienced hikers who want to explore the area before the hectic summer season begins. Tracknet offers a Milford Track transport package from Te Anau to the Milford Track & return for just $240.00 per person.
Are you an experienced hiker itching for some winter outdoor adventure? The Milford Track can be walked during May-October, conditions permitting.
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In winter the huts aren't serviced and all equipment required for completing the walk will need to be carried by you and your tramping party. Visit your nearest Department of Conservation office to purchase hut tickets, or visit the website to find your closest Backcountry Hut ticket retailer.
Milford Track transport departs from Te Anau at 7:30am for hiking between the 2nd May - 19th May 2023. Other departures may be available on-demand, please contact us.
Bookings are essential and are dependent on weather, track, lake, and road conditions.
You are responsible for your own safety and ensuring that you have the correct equipment, knowledge, and experience to complete the Track. During the winter, walking times may need to be increased due to more difficult walking conditions and natural hazards.
Book your transport departing from Fiordland Base Camp at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park & Motels. From here we offer free overnight parking under camera surveillance and free locker facilities for the duration of your walk. We offer barista Roar coffee to purchase and showers are also available for $15.00 per person for a post-walk freshen up. There is a great range of accommodation here, so you can stay and relax after your walk before travelling on.
Out of Season Milford Track Transport package is available to book for hiking between the 2nd May - 19th May 2023 (note this is weather permitting & minimum number of 6 passengers is required to confirm a departure).
Bookings are essential as all departures operate on demand, however, all departures are weather, track, lake, and road dependent as conditions can change quickly in Fiordland. Tracknet will not transport passengers if weather & conditions are deemed dangerous or unsuitable.
There is a maximum of 9 people per bus and boat transfer. The 10:00am departure will only be available once the 7:30am departure is fully booked. A minimum of 6 passengers is also required. There may be additional departures available for groups, please contact us for further information.
If the track is closed after walking has begun, Tracknet and their partners reserve the right to use any remaining portion of ticketed fare towards the cost of hiker's transport to safety, in extreme cases clients will be liable for extra transport expenses.
Each departure can only be confirmed 24-48 hours in advance once forecasts and the latest track conditions are at hand. Please allow up to 1 working day for your full confirmation email and we will be in touch 24-48 hours before departure to confirm your transport.
Please read the following information which outlines important aspects for you to consider when walking the Milford Track during the Winter.
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 Winter TimetableThere are no further departures available for off-season Milford Track Transport for 2023
|Bus Te Anau to Te Anau Downs
|Boat from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf
|Boat from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound
|Milford Sound to Te Anau
|2 hrs & 15 mins
* The 10:00am departure will only be available once the 7:30am departure is full. Minimum of 6 passengers also required.
The Tracknet office is based at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park & Motels (77 Manapouri - Te Anau Highway, Te Anau), 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 Base Camp, and take advantage of these convenient extras
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 & Motels, your Fiordland Base Camp.
DOC hut fees apply – hut tickets are available at DOC Centres.
In the Winter Season bridges are removed to avoid damage from avalanches and some facilities are unavailable. Hut tickets are necessary. Radios, gas cooking rings, fuel for heating and lighting are removed from huts. They will not have running water, but a nearby water supply is available. Flush toilets are closed, there will be a winter pit toilet provided.
In addition to the equipment listed for walking during the Great Walks Peak Season you should also carry: a gas cooker, toilet paper, torch or gas light for at night in the huts, extra food in case you are delayed on the track, extra warm clothing, mountain radio and/or personal locator beacon (PLB). Your pack should have a pack liner to keep your gear dry.
Mountain Radios and Personal Locator Beacons can be hired in Te Anau from Stu’s Place (Mountain Radio’s) +64 3 249 8363 and Caltex Te Anau (Personal Locator Beacons) +64 3 249 7140.
If you require any additional gear there are hire and provisions available in Te Anau. You can hire tramping gear from Bev’s Tramping Gear Hire and/or Outside Sports.
Accommodation, showers, spa bath, laundry, car storage, baggage storage and lockers are available at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park & Motels
When you arrive at Glade Wharf on the Milford Track, you will be asked to walk through a 5% detergent to 95% water solution – this will kill any Didymo (an invasive Freshwater plant) which may be on your boots. If you have any other gear (such as gaiters or waders) please check, clean (using a 5% detergent to 95% water solution) and dry your gear BEFORE and AFTER your travels through Fiordland National Park – and any other area in New Zealand.
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 – contact the Department of Conservation 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.