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Milford Track Independent Walk Transfers

53.5 km (about 18.5-20 hr walking)

Days
4

Pricing From
$81

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Overview

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 use this form to provide an outline of your booking enquiry or to book "Loop" Packages. This form can also be used if you wish to make multiple bookings for Tracks.

We will contact you within 24 hours to confirm your requirements and the actual price of your request.

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.

Timetable

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 Queen Charlotte Track Independent walking packages.

Milford Track

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 or Te Anau.

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.

Swingbridge on the Milford Track

Hikers on a Swingbridge on the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park

Mackinnon Pass on the Milford Track

Mackinnon Pass on the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park

Hikers on the Milford Track

Hikers on the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park

Mitre Peak and Milford Sound

The end of the Milford Track - Mitre Peak and Milford Sound

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Queenstown or Te Anau to Clinton Hut approx 1.5 hr/5 km

It is recommended that you arrive in Queenstown or Te Anau a day before your hike. You can book your accommodation here.

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Travel by coach from Queenstown or Te Anau to Te Anau Downs. Board your ferry for a cruise up Lake Te Anau to the Milford Track jetty at Glade House. From the landing a 1½ hour walk along the Clinton River, takes you to Clinton Hut where you will spend the night.

Day 2Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hutapprox 5-6 hrs/16.5 km

Today your walk follows the Clinton River, climbing gently through a gorge to the upper flats of the Clinton to reach at Lake Mintaro, the source of the Clinton River. Mintaro Hut is situated located here at the base of the Mackinnon Pass.

Day 3Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hutapprox 6-7 hrs/14 km

After breakfast the track continues up the valley to cross the head of the Clinton and then climbs a well graded zig-zag to the top of the McKinnon Pass, with magnificent views of Clinton Valley, and north towards Milford Sound. This is the highest point on the track, 1073 metres.

From here you drop steadily down to Dumpling Hut. On the way down you can take an optional side detour of 2kms (1½ hrs) to see the Sutherland Falls, before carrying on to Dumpling Hut.

Day 4Dumpling Hut to Te Anau or Queenstownapprox 5.5-6 hrs/18 km

This morning, you follow the Arthur River to Lake Ada and onto the track end at Sandfly Point. On the way down, stop to admire Mackay Falls and Bell Rock, an unusual rock which has been worn by water and rocks to form a hollow interior.

From here the launch will transfer you to Milford Sound where you will board your coach for the journey back to Te Anau or Queenstown

Cost per person NZ$

23 Oct 2018 - 1 May 2019
  Adult Child
Queenstown to Te Anau Downs $69 $49
Te Anau to Te Anau Downs $28 $19
Milford Sound to Te Anau $53 $39
Milford Sound to Queenstown $92 $68

Cancellation Charges

  • 20% Charge if cancelled outside 24 hours from departure
  • If necessary one change allowed outside 6 hours from departure
  • Additional changes or cancellation $10 admin fee applies
  • 50% Charge if cancelled 6-24 hours from departure
  • No Refund if cancellation made within 6 hours of departure or if a "No-Show"

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Queenstown or Te Anau to Clinton Hut approx 1.5 hr/5 km

It is recommended that you arrive in Queenstown or Te Anau a day before your hike. You can book your accommodation here.

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Travel by coach from Queenstown or Te Anau to Te Anau Downs. Board your ferry for a cruise up Lake Te Anau to the Milford Track jetty at Glade House. From the landing a 1½ hour walk along the Clinton River, takes you to Clinton Hut where you will spend the night.

Day 2Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hutapprox 5-6 hrs/16.5 km

Today your walk follows the Clinton River, climbing gently through a gorge to the upper flats of the Clinton to reach at Lake Mintaro, the source of the Clinton River. Mintaro Hut is situated located here at the base of the Mackinnon Pass.

Day 3Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hutapprox 6-7 hrs/14 km

After breakfast the track continues up the valley to cross the head of the Clinton and then climbs a well graded zig-zag to the top of the McKinnon Pass, with magnificent views of Clinton Valley, and north towards Milford Sound. This is the highest point on the track, 1073 metres.

From here you drop steadily down to Dumpling Hut. On the way down you can take an optional side detour of 2kms (1½ hrs) to see the Sutherland Falls, before carrying on to Dumpling Hut.

Day 4Dumpling Hut to Te Anau or Queenstownapprox 5.5-6 hrs/18 km

This morning, you follow the Arthur River to Lake Ada and onto the track end at Sandfly Point. On the way down, stop to admire Mackay Falls and Bell Rock, an unusual rock which has been worn by water and rocks to form a hollow interior.

From here the launch will transfer you to Milford Sound where you will board your coach for the journey back to Te Anau or Queenstown

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