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Milford Track Guided Hike

The Milford Track is the most iconic New Zealand walk. This 5 day walk is an all-inclusive guided walk from Queenstown and includes friendly kiwi guides, transport, meals and most importantly 'High Quality Serviced Lodges'. The track passes through the heart of Fiordland National Park and is on the 'Bucket List' for many visiting New Zealand.

As far back as 1908 the Milford Track was named 'the World's Finest Walk', New Zealand has just celebrated its 125th anniversary.

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Itinerary

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1
QUEENSTOWN TO GLADE HOUSE 1km (1Mi) / 20 Min

Your adventure starts from Queenstown, where you'll depart at 9.00am on a coach to Te Anau.  There will be time for lunch and you'll get to meet the rest of the group you'll be walking with - the perfect opportunity for a before walk group photo. Then we'll reboard the coach and head to Te Anau Downs boat harbour, where our boat will take us to the end of Lake Te Anau. On disembarking it's a short walk to our first stop - Glade House - and a great meal, hot shower, and warm bed.

(Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation: Glade House - Milford Track - 1 night

2
GLADE HOUSE TO POMPOLONA LODGE 16KM (10 MI) / 5-7 Hours

After breakfast we'll depart Glade House and use the swing bridge to cross the emerald green waters of the Clinton River. Heading up Clinton Valley we'll continue through to the lunch shelter at Hirere Falls. Your guides will be with you the whole way and will point out highlights like Mackinnon's original hut site and other points of interest.

The further we walk, the more luxuriant the Beech forest becomes, and the steeper the valley walls get. It's not always sunny on the Milford Track, but when it is there's a fantastic swimming hole to stop at for a cool swim!

Then it's onwards and upwards to an open meadow called the Prarie, where you can capture the true nature of the ice carved Clinton Canyon. By this point the rock walls tower up to 4000 feet above your - little wonder early walkers on the Milford Track called this the Valley of the Perpendicular. It just a short climb to Pompolona Lodge from here to the second lodge on the Milford Track.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation: Pompolona Lodge - Milford Track - 1 night

3
POMPOLONA LODGE TO QUINTIN LODGE 15km (9Mi) / 6-8 Hours

Of the 5 days on the Milford Track, if you're going to find one day challenging it will be today - but it will also be the most memorable and rewarding!

We'll get away to an early start and back on the track it leads us toward the head of the Clinton Valley. As the climb starts the three "leaps" of St Quintin Falls are quite spectacular. The track continues through a series of zig zags, affording amazing views as the valley floor drops away beneath you.

Reaching the top of the Mackinnon's pass you'll be ready for a rest, but it will all be worth it. We'll have a selection of cold and hot drinks ready for you at Mackinnon's memorial cairn. It's a great place for lunch and then the track takes us down a long descending section to Quintin Lodge. On the descent you will pass huge rock cliffs, chilly glacial streams, moss covered forest, many cascading waterfalls and your get your first view of Sutherland Falls.

Quintin Lodge is a final check-in and a great place for a warm drink and a rest.  You can leave your backpack here for the 1.5 hour return walk to Sutherland Falls, the fifth highest waterfall on the planet at 540 metres/1904 feet. Best take your waterproof jacket though if you dare to walk right in and behind the falls - a once in a lifetime experience!

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation: Quintin Lodge - Milford Track - 1 night

4
QUINTIN LODGE TO MITRE PEAK 21 KM (6-8MI) / 6-8 Hours

Today is the longest walking day, but also your final day on the Milford Track. We'll follow the Arthur River as it heads down to Milford Sound. As we descend we're back into the deep luxuriant beech forest, and get a final view of Sutherland Falls.  It won't be long and we'll be arriving at The Boatshed for morning tea.

Then it's another swing bridge crossing before continuing on to MacKay Falls and Bell Rock. Continuing along the track you will hear the steady roar of Giant's Gate Falls, where we'll enjoy lunch.

The final section follows Lake Ada to the aptly named Sandfly Point, where the Maori goddess Te Hine-nui-te-po released the sandfly to stop men lingering too long in the beauty of Fiordland (nothing that a bit of repellant can't handle though). From here it's a short launch ride to Milford Sound harbour and our final accommodaiton at Mitre Peak Lodge.  A perfect location to end a perfect trip, we'll have a celebratory dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation: Mitre Peak Lodge - Milford Sound - 1 night

5
MILFORD SOUND TO QUEENSTOWN (No Walking)

After enjoying breakfast we'll have one last opportunity to enjoy this amazing place by joining a Milford Sound cruise. As you cruise through the Fiord you'll soon realise just how massive the mountains are around the Sound.

This whole area is a marine reserve so it's an absolute haven for many marine animals. You'll see plenty of Southern Fur Seals warming themselves on the rocks and well used to posing for photographs. Dusky and bottlenose dolphins are also often seen in the Fiord.

On returning to the wharf, we'll board our coach and start the trip back to Queenstown via Te Anau (arriving at approx 4.15pm).

(Breakfast, Lunch)

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But what are the options if don’t have the time but still want the experience. Read our blog and see what Brent and Andrew think of the One Day Milford Track Option.