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Milford Track, New Zealand

The world-renowned Milford Track is labelled one of the world’s most beautiful walking tracks. Located in Fiordland National Park (established in 1952), witness breath-taking ice-carved fiords, ancient rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and many more of nature’s wonders along the way.

With approximately 14,000 hikers visiting the Milford Track each year, it’s now one of New Zealand’s most popular walks. A maximum of 40 trampers (translating to hikers in Kiwi) are permitted to begin the track each day. Controlling overcrowding and environmental damage, allowing you to experience the true beauty and solitude of the magnificent track.

Milford Track Itinerary:

The Milford Track (53.5 km) takes 4 days to complete, spending each night in a different pre-booked hut, accessed via boat across the breath-taking Lake Te Anau. The track begins at Glade Wharf at the head of Lake Te Anau and ends at Sandfly Point in Milford Sound.

Day 1: Glade Wharf to Neale Burn Hut

Walking time: 1 hour

Enjoy a leisurely walk through beautiful native beach forest aside the Clinton River, admiring the crystal-clear emerald waters as native trout and lionfish eel cruise down the river.

All walkers will spend the first night at the newly built Neale Burn Hut, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the nature-immersed veranda.

Day 2: Neale Burn Hut to Mintaro Hut

Walking time: 5 hours

As you walk through Clinton Valley behold the views of Mackinnon Pass and the impressive Pompolona Icefield towering over you. Upon reaching Prairie Lake; take a refreshing swim in the cool waters as it is noticeably warmer than other lakes the valley has to offer.

The track continues to ascend towards Lake Mintaro, passing St Quintin Falls, to reach Mintaro Hut – the second night accommodation for hikers.

From Mintaro Hut climb approximately 1.5 hours up to Mackinnon Pass (1073m) to experience the spectacular views at sunset.

Day 3: Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut

Walking time: 6 hours

The track resumes its climb to Mackinnon Pass, witnessing breath-taking views of Lake Mintaro and the Clinton Canyon along the way.

This section of the track reaches the infamous Quintin Mackinnon Memorial, honouring the discovery of this route (1888). Take in the awe-inspiring panoramas before ascending to the highest point of the Milford Track (1154m).

Stopping at the Mackinnon Pass Shelter for lunch before starting your descent towards Dumpling Hut.

Take the 1.5 hour round trip to visit the stunning Sutherland Falls (580m drop).

Day 4: Dumpling Hut to Sandfly Point

Walking time: 5.5 hours

The final leg of the Milford Track is an 18km walk to Sandfly Point. Follow closely along-side the Arthur River, reaching a side track to Mackay Falls and Bell Rock. Both spectacular natural wonders are worth the short walk, diverting away from the main track.

Continue along the main track climbing a rock shoulder of the valley, catching glimpses of Lake Ada. Take your descent down past Giant Gate Falls and continue along the lakeshore triumphantly reaching the sign marking the end the Milford Track.

Ending one of the world’s greatest multi-day hikes, catch a boat departing from Sandfly Point.

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Milford Track, New Zealand

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