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Milford Track Independent Walk Transfers

53.5 km (about 18.5-20 hr walking)


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Milford Track Independent Walk Transfers take self-guided multi-day hikers to or from Te Anau or Queenstown to the Milford Track Great Walk in New Zealand. If doing a multi-day hike staying in the huts, then before booking the transfers you should make sure you have the huts confirmed. These can easily be booked on the DOC's website. Bookings for huts for the following season generally open in late April or early May. Prior booking is essential - bookings open in early May for the following summer. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Once all your huts have been confirmed, then your coach transfers should be booked, using the link on this page.

Please note the timetable and rates only apply to our summer season from 23 October to 1 May. Please contact us if you need transport outside this period.


23 Oct 2018 - 1 May 2019
  Departure Time Travel Time
Queenstown to Te Anau Downs 6:55am 10:45am   3hrs 15mins
Te Anau to Te Anau Downs 9:45am 12:15pm 1:30pm 30mins
Boat from Te Anau Downs to Milford Track (book with DOC) 10:30am 1pm 2pm 1hr 30mins
Boat from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (book with DOC) 2pm 3pm 4pm 20mins
Milford Sound to Te Anau 9:25am 2:30pm 5pm 2hrs 15mins
Milford Sound to Queenstown 9:25am 2:30pm   5hrs

If you are interested in a Milford Track Guided Walk, please contact us direct with dates, number of people and ages of any children, as we can forward further details.

You may also be interested in the following Independent walking packages:

Queen Charlotte Track, Abel Tasman Kayak & Walk,  Heaphy TrackRakiura Track or Tongariro Northern Circuit

Like the idea of having everything arranged for you but walking independently? Our unguided Milford Track New Zealand Independent Walk gives you more time to enjoy this stunning hiking track, letting you experience this New Zealand 'Great Walk' to the full!

Once described as 'the finest walk in the world', the Milford Track is one of New Zealand's most popular walks. Visitors planning to walk the track should book a long way in advance as numbers are limited and spaces fill quickly!

There are three Department of Conservation huts along the track through two dense rainforest valleys and over an alpine pass. The Milford Track starts at the head of Lake Te Anau and finishes in Milford Sound. The track may only be walked in one direction, Glade Wharf to Milford Sound, during the booked walking season (late October to late April), with a maximum of 40 independent walkers permitted to start the track each day.

During the summer season there are resident Track Rangers, cold running water in huts, gas for cooking, lighting, heating and flush toilets. Bunkrooms are communal. Mattresses are provided. Walkers must supply all food, cooking utensils, eating utensils, sleeping bags and warm clothing. 

The descent from the MacKinnon Pass to the Arthur Valley and Quintin Hut is quite steep and rocky. No camping is permitted.

You will need at least 1 night before and after your hike in Queenstown.

Tour Grading: C

  • Ability: Easy to medium
  • The track takes 4 days to complete with around 6 hours of walking per day.
  • In places, the track is rocky and uneven, and at 1073m the McKinnon Pass can be covered in snow at any time of year.
  • The Milford Track's rainfall is one of the heaviest in the world - occasionally in excess of 500 mm in 24 hours.
  • Heavy rainfall, driving winds and snow in summer can rapidly create conditions that could hypothermia.
  • Some hiking experience and understanding of New Zealand bush and alpine is recommended.

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