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6 Day Milford Track Independent Walk

53.5 km (about 18.5-20 hr walking)

Days
6

Pricing From
$745

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Overview

Fully booked from 24 Oct 2017 through 30 April 2018.

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.

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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.

Prior booking is essential - bookings open in early May for the following summer. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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.

During the summer season, this trip is a 4 days/3 nights package from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound, with pre/post accommodation and transfers from Queenstown. The descent from the MacKinnon Pass to the Arthur Valley and Quintin Hut is quite steep and rocky. No camping is permitted.

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.

Cost per person 27 October 2017 to 30 April 2018

Pre/Post Accommodation
Type of Accommodation
Twin/Double Room
(applies to pre trip accommodation only,
all huts are communal bunk rooms)
2017/18
Nomads or Black Sheep Hostel
Backpackers
Adult:
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$745
NZ$545
NZ$490
Blue Peaks Lodge
Motel/Apartments
Adult:
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$825
NZ$615
NZ$535
Garden Court Suites & Apts
Motel/Apartments
Adult:
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$865
NZ$655
NZ$560
Copthorne Lakefront Resort
4 Star Hotel
Adult:
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$905
NZ$675
NZ$590
Mercure Grand St Moritz
5 Star Apartment Hotel
Adult:
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$970
NZ$750
NZ$640
Prices quoted are on a twin share basis (pre walk accommodation only), and a single supplement applies. 
Extra night's accommodation prices available on request.
Deposit of NZS150 per person is payable on booking; the balance must be paid no later than 28 days prior to travel date
Nomads or Black Sheep Hostel - Backpackers, short walk from town centre
Blue Peaks - Motel/Apartments, 5 mins walk to town
Garden Court - Motel/Apartments, 5 mins walk to town
Copthorne - 4 star Hotel, 5 mins walk to town
Mercure Grand St Moritz - 5 star apartment hotel, 5 mins to town
As demand for accommodation over the Xmas & New Year period is at a premium, an accommodation surcharge is likely to apply if accommodation is available.

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

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Day 1Arrive Queenstown

Check in to your accommodation in Queenstown. At 4pm there is a pre-walk briefing at our Queenstown Office.

Day 2Queenstown to Clinton Hut approx 1.5 hr/5 km

Travel by coach to Te Anau departing Queenstown at 8am. After a break and time for morning tea, 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 3Clinton 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 4Mintaro 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 5Dumpling Hut to 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 Queenstown arriving around 8pm. Accommodation is provided in Queenstown.

Day 6Depart Queenstown

This morning you will check out of your Queenstown accommodation.

Note: Extra night's accommodation are available in Queenstown before and after your tour, prices are available on request.

Total 54kms Walking

Cost per person

2017-2018: From NZ$745

 

See the Overview for full pricing details.

Deposit of NZS150 per person is payable on booking; the balance must be paid no later than 28 days prior to travel date

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellations after a confirmed booking is made will incur a fee of $150 per person.
  • Any amendments to a confirmed booking will incur a $60 fee per person plus any additional charges imposed by the Department of Conservation or accommodation.
  • Any bookings cancelled within 7-28 days prior to trip departure may incur a fee.
  • Cancellations received 7 days or less prior to trip departure are non-refundable.
  • We reserve the right to amend, cancel, or postpone services due to weather, road conditions and/or at our own discretion.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Queenstown

Check in to your accommodation in Queenstown. At 4pm there is a pre-walk briefing at our Queenstown Office.

Day 2Queenstown to Clinton Hut approx 1.5 hr/5 km

Travel by coach to Te Anau departing Queenstown at 8am. After a break and time for morning tea, 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 3Clinton 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 4Mintaro 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 5Dumpling Hut to 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 Queenstown arriving around 8pm. Accommodation is provided in Queenstown.

Day 6Depart Queenstown

This morning you will check out of your Queenstown accommodation.

Note: Extra night's accommodation are available in Queenstown before and after your tour, prices are available on request.

Total 54kms Walking

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