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Sutherland Falls5 day milford track guided walk

Traversing the heart of New Zealand's wild fiord country, the Milford Track has long been described as "the finest walk in the world". The Milford Track Guided Walk is a 5 day/4 night all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. [instant quote]

Fiordland National Park
Milford Sound
Cascading waterfalls
Serene fiords and deep lakes
Rare endangered species
Comfortable lodge accommodation

Day 1 - Queenstown/Te Anau to Glade House: Your adventure begins at their Queenstown office at 9.00am where you catch a coach to Te Anau, arriving in time for a light lunch and a group photo. After lunch you drive to Te Anau Downs boat harbour, where a launch waits to take you up to the spectacular northern end of Lake Te Anau. From the wharf it is a short walk to historic Glade House, your first lodge, for a hot shower, filling meal and comfortable bed.
Distance: 1.6km/1 mile, Time: 20 minutes walking

Clinton CanyonDay 2 - Glade House to Pompolona Lodge: Leave Glade House and cross the emerald green Clinton River by swing bridge. You make your way up the Clinton Valley, being sure to stop and take it all in as you walk to the Hirere Falls lunch shelter. Your guides will point out Mackinnon's original hut site, a detour known as the wetland walk, 'the big tree' and other points of interest. After lunch the Beech forest gets more luxuriant the further you go and the valley walls climb steeper and higher. On sunny days follow your guides into the swimming hole, cool but very refreshing! From here it's onto the Prairie, an open meadow where you can capture the true nature of the ice carved Clinton Canyon. Named the Valley of the Perpendicular by the early pioneers and it is easy to see why as the rock walls tower up to 4000 feet above you. It is a short climb to Pompolona Lodge from here for your second night on the Milford Track.
Distance: 16km/10 miles, Time: 5-7 hours walking

Quintin LodgeDay 3 - Pompolona Lodge to Quintin Lodge : Today is the day people find the most challenging, but also the most rewarding. After an early start the track leads toward the head of the Clinton Valley. As you begin your climb the 3 leaps of St Quintin Falls can be seen and Mt Balloon rears into view, onto the Practice Hill and Lake Mintaro. From here you climb a series of zig zags, the views on the way up will astound you as the valley floor drops away beneath your feet. Once you reach the top all the effort will be worthwhile. Your guide will be waiting with hot and cold drinks at Mackinnon's memorial cairn. Look out from 12 second drop to the Arthur Valley beneath you. After lunch in Pass Hut the track takes you down a long downhill section to Quintin Lodge. On the rocky descent you will pass towering rock cliffs, glacial streams, moss covered forest, a cascading waterfall section and have your first view of Sutherland Falls. After a hot cup of tea at Quintin Lodge leave your backpack behind for the 1.5 hour round trip to the mighty Sutherland Falls, fifth highest on the planet at 1904 feet/540 metres. Take your jacket and dare to walk right in behind the falls, a once in a lifetime experience!
TopDistance: 15km/9 miles, Time: 6-8 hours walking

Milford SoundDay 4 - Quintin Lodge to Mitre Peak Lodge : Your final day on the Milford Track. Follow the Arthur River as it makes it's way to Milford Sound. Walk through deep luxuriant beech forest, a final view of Sutherland Falls, glimpses of Diamond Creek and Danger Mountain can be seen before arriving at Boatshed for morning tea. From here cross the river by swing bridge and carry on to MacKay Falls and Bell Rock. Linger here and savour this unearthly beauty. Follow the track and as you near the 30 mile peg you may hear the steady roar of Giant's Gate Falls, your lunch spot. The final stretch of the track follows tranquil Lake Ada to Sandfly Point where the Maori goddess Te Hine-nui-te-po released the sandfly to stop men lingering too long in the beauty of Fiordland. From here you catch the launch to Milford Sound and Mitre Peak Lodge, where you will enjoy a celebratory dinner. Relax with the knowledge that the hard part is now behind you while the magnificence of Milford Sound spreads before you.
Distance: 21km/13 miles, Time: 6-8 hours walking

Day 5: Milford Sound to Queenstown/Te Anau : After breakfast embark on your Milford Sound cruise. Out on the Fiord, you realise the grandeur of the surrounding mountains, the centrepiece being Mitre Peak, rising vertically over one mile from the water line. The Fiord is a marine reserve and a haven for many marine animals. Look for Southern Fur Seals basking on the rocks. Bottlenose and Dusky Dolphins are sometimes found swimming in pods, the latter often performing leaps and flips. In early summer the fiord is also home to the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin, which come into the fiord to mate and raise their young. Milford's reputation as being one of the wettest places on earth is not unfounded. But don't be fooled into thinking you have to see it in fine weather, as Rudyard Kipling described it as the eighth wonder of the world, in rain! On returning to the wharf, board your coach and climb your way out from Milford Sound and on to Queenstown via Te Anau (arriving at approx 4.15pm), completing your journey of the "finest walk in the world." Please note that this arrival time does not connect with flights from Queenstown.
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transport ex Queenstown lodge accommodation meals snacks backpacks rain jackets led by expert guides

Departs: Daily from Queenstown at 9.00am
Returns: 5 days later to Queenstown at approximately 4.15pm
Operates: November to April

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Map Of Milford Track Route - Click To EnlargeChildren: aged 10 to 15 years are at the child rate. Children under 10 years are not accepted.
Payment: Full payment is required at least 90 days prior to your departure.
Cancellation policy: For cancellations outside 90 days a NZD$100 per person fee applies, between 89-60 days NZD$200 per person, between 59-21 days 50% of full fare, and within 21 days 100% of full fare applies.
Fitness requirements: Their walks are neither easy nor difficult. They are a challenge, which people of all ages and abilities will relish. To enjoy your walk you need to be able to carry a medium sized backpack containing your personal belongings weighing 5-7kg (10-14lbs) for 6-8 hours over 15-21kms (9-13 miles) of mountain tracks each day. They encourage you to walk at your own pace, there is no pressure to walk with others or keep up with the fastest walkers. There is always a guide at the front and rear of the party.
Pre-departure Briefing: All walkers on the Milford Track multi day walks will need to attend a pre track briefing at our Queenstown office the day before the track departure at 4.00pm (check in time is 3.45pm)

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* Please note that due to the short operation period, availability can be limited. Bookings are on a request basis.

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