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Daily November 1 to April 30 from Te Anau or Queenstown. Clients may start and finish their trip in the same town, or start in one and finish at the other. It is also possible to complete the trek at Milford Sound by arrangement. Prices for all combinations are the same.
Clients departing Queenstown are required to attend a briefing session at 7pm the evening before departure at The Guided Walk Centre in The Station, corner of Camp and Shotover Streets. Queenstown clients will be picked up by coach from their accommodation at 8.45am on Day 1 for the drive to Te Anau, where they will join other participants for lunch. Luggage may be stored at your Queenstown accommodation. Prepare an overnight bag for the last night of your trip at Milford Sound. It will be delivered to you. Clients may have all their luggage transported to Milford Sound on request. The tour returns to Queenstown about 3.30pm on Day 5, via Queenstown Airport for those who wish to catch an onward flight.
Clients departing Te Anau are required to attend a briefing at 9.30am on Day 1 at the Milford Track Office. Luggage may be stored at the office. Prepare an overnight bag for the last night of your trip at Milford Sound. It will be delivered to you. Clients may have all their luggage transported to Milford Sound on request. The tour returns to Te Anau about 12 noon on Day 5.
Five days/four nights
The Milford Track Guided Walk has been justifiably labeled the best in the world. It covers 54 kilometres (33.5 miles) of the finest scenery imaginable from Lake Te Anau to Sandfly Point in the spectacular Milford Sound. Each walk is accompanied by a team of highly experienced guides. Hikers the world over have raved about this trek since the route was first opened up in the late 1800s. This is a photographers paradise. The tour includes comfortable lodge accommodation each night and all meals.
The use of a backpack, sleeping sheets and a raincoat. Three nights bunkhouse style lodge accommodation on the Milford Track with hot showers, soap, shampoo and towels. One night share twin accommodation at the superior Mitre Peak Lodge at Milford Sound. Lunch at Te Anau on Day 1. Three course dinner and generous breakfast at each lodge. Picnic lunch and afternoon tea daily on Milford Track. Last night dinner with New Zealand wines at Milford Sound. Certificate of achievement, souvenir booklet and group photograph for each participant.
Coach transport between Queenstown and Te Anau and between Te Anau and Te Anau Downs to board a scenic cruise of Lake Te Anau on Day 1. Red Boat Cruise at Milford Sound on Day 5. Coach tour with commentary and photographic stops from Milford Sound to Te Anau or Queenstown on Day 5.
Experienced guides with radio equipment and first aid training and for the duration of the walk. Nightly briefing with slides. Toilets along track.
Day 1: Queenstown passengers depart 8.45am for three and a half hour coach trip to Te Anau. Te Anau clients attend briefing at 9.30am. Both groups meet and enjoy lunch before boarding a coach for the short drive to Te Anau Downs. Board a launch for a scenic trip on Lake Te Anau to its headwaters for an easy 1.6 kilometre walk to Glade House. Relax, get to know your companions, and enjoy dinner.
Day 2: A 16 km walk across the Clinton River through a beech forest to Hirere Falls for lunch. It includes a rocky climb to Marelenes Creek and on to Pompolona Lodge for a shower and dinner.
Day 3: A 15 km day including a long zigzag up Mackinnon Pass with the promise of lunch at the top. There is plenty of time to rest and take photographs. The track descends over rocky terrain into the rainforest of the Arthur Valley and Quintin Lodge. This is the most demanding day of the walk, especially if the weather is bad through the pass, and you should take your time. If you have the energy, there is a 90-minute roundtrip walk from the lodge to the lovely Sutherland Falls.
Day 4: This is a long trek of 21km, mostly downhill but over very varied terrain including rocky sections and boardwalks over fragile areas. There are frequent breaks so again, take your time. The stunning beauty of Milford Sound as you end the trek at Sandfly Point is worth it. One of the Red Boats will pick up the group for the short trip to Milford Sound Wharf and the comfort of Mitre Peak Lodge. Tonight you celebrate with a fine dinner and wine to mark your achievement.
Day 5: After breakfast you will enjoy a couple of hours on a Red Boat cruise of Milford Sound, the most spectacular fjord in New Zealand. Come ashore to meet you coach for the scenic trip back to Te Anau or Queenstown.
The Milford Track is for anyone who is fit and in good health between 10 and 70. Fit people over 70 are welcome if they can produce a medical certificate from their doctor to say they are okay. The track is dangerous for people with poor eyesight and not suitable for children under 10. Hikers need to be able to carry a medium sized pack with their clothes, sleeping sheets and personal essentials over 15 to 20km for six to eight hours a day. There are some steep and rocky downhill sections and areas of broken ground. Wear boots with good ankle support.
Weather conditions can vary dramatically at any time. It is essential you wear clothes which will keep you warm when wet, either from rain or perspiration. Wool or polypropylene is recommended.
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