5 days/ 4 nights
Price from £1043 per person
The Milford Track Guided Walk is a fantastic 5 day/4 night adventure, traversing the heart of Fiordland National Park on "the finest walk in the world" from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound.
The Milford Track caters for a maximum of 50 walkers and operates daily during the summer months.
Low Season: 1 November - 30 November and 1 April to 11 April
High Season: 1 December - 31 March
Lodges are well appointed with two accommodation types:
Twin and Queen rooms with private bathroom (limited availability)
Bunk style rooms for 4 to 6 people with shared bathrooms. All beds are made with pillows and duvets and the bathrooms have flush toilets, hot showers with soap, shampoo and conditioner provided.
Three course dinners, cooked breakfasts and picnic lunches are provided with New Zealand wine, beer and soft drinks available for purchase.
It is essential that you attend the pre-track briefing at 5 pm on the day prior to departure so pre and post track accommodation is required in Queenstown.
Day 1: Queenstown to Glade House (1 mile/20 minutes walking)
Depart Queenstown by coach and travel to Te Anau arriving in time for a light lunch and a group photo. After lunch drive to Te Anau Downs boat harbour, where a launch awaits to take you up to the spectacular northern end of Lake Te Anau. From the wharf it is a short walk to the historic Glade House, where you will be greeted with afternoon tea. Afterwards, your guides will take you on a short nature walk to explore the surrounding area. This evening enjoy a three course meal before retiring to your bed either in the multi-share bunk rooms or private en-suite rooms.
Day 2: Glade House to Pompolona Lodge (10 miles/5-7 hours walking)
After crossing the Clinton River you walk up the valley to the Hirere Falls lunch shelter. The beech forest becomes more luxuriant the further you go, until it releases you on the Prairie. From this meadow you have spectacular views of the ice-carved Clinton Canyon. It is a short climb to Pompolona Lodge from here.
Day 3: Pompolona Lodge to Quintin Lodge (9 miles/6-8 hours walking)
This is the most demanding day. The track leads to Lake Mintaro at the head of the Clinton Valley, before climbing the Mackinnon Pass in a series of zig-zags. At the top enjoy spectacular panorama and lunch in Pass Hut. After the rocky descent into the Arthur Valley you will welcome a hot cup of tea at Quintin Lodge before the optional 90 minute round trip walk to the Sutherland Falls, the world's fifth highest waterfall.
Day 4: Quintin Lodge to Mitre Peak (13 miles/6-7 hours walking)
On the final day on the track you walk down the Arthur Valley to the historical Boatshed then continue on past MacKay Falls and Bell Rock to the lunch spot at Giant's Gate waterfall. The final stretch of the track follows tranquil Lake Ada to Sandfly Point. From here it is a short boat trip to Mitre Peak Lodge at Milford Sound and your celebratory dinner.
Day 5: Milford Sound to Queenstown (no walking)
Wake to the tranquillity of Fiordland and after breakfast enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound. Then it's time to head back to Queenstown either by coach through the heart of the Fiordland National Park and the Homer Tunnel or by helicopter across Mt Aspiring National Park on a spectacular flight at an additional cost.
There is no minimum number of people required to operate this walk, the maximum number of people per departure is 50 (please note you are encouraged to walk at your own pace, not as one group).