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4 Day Milford Track Independent Walk

53.5 km (about 18.5-20 hr walking)

Days
4

Pricing From
$799

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Overview

Fully Booked for 2018-2019 Season

Wanting to go in 2019-20 Season then contact us to be put on our reminder list

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.

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. 

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.

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 to Clinton Hut approx 1.5 hr/5 km

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

There is 4pm pre-walk briefing at our Queenstown Office.

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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 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 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. 

 

Cost per person 2018-19

  • Adult: NZ$799*
  • Child (10-17 years): NZ$749*

*Special rates available (please request at time of booking) for:

New Zealand citizens or
Those ordinarily resident in New Zealand

  • Who holds a residence class or work visa; and
  • Has lived in NZ for 6 of the previous 12 months; and
  • For whom NZ is their primary place of established residence

Proof of eligibility will be required for the NZ rate – such as NZ drivers licence, utility bill or copy of passport prior to the start of the walk. 

Payment

  • Full payment on booking

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellations more than 10 days prior to departure will incur a fee of $200 per person
  • Cancellations between 3 - 10 days prior to departure will be 50% refundable
  • Cancellations less than 3 days are 100% non-refundable
  • No Shows will receive a 100% charge or no refund of prepayment
  • We reserve the right to amend, cancel, or postpone services due to weather, road conditions and/or at their own discretion

Itinerary

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

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

There is 4pm pre-walk briefing at our Queenstown Office.

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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 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 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. 

 

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