Milford Track

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Milford Track is a 60.2 kilometer heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April.

Distance: 60.2 km Elevation Gain: 2,883 m Route Type: Point to Point

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camping

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nature trips

trail running

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bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Ancient glaciers, rainforest, and waterfalls greet hikers that retrace the steps of early explorers by taking on the Milford Track Great Walk. The best time to hike is March, when the temperatures are warm and there may be less rainfall. In the Great Walks season (23 October 2018 - 30 April 2019) reservations are required for huts, which have gas cooking stoves and staff on site and cost $140 per night for International visitors and $70 per night for New Zealand residents. Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2018 - 22 October 2018) facilities, including bridges, are greatly reduced. Flood and avalanche risks exist and only experienced hikers with knowledge of the local weather should attempt the hike. Reservations are not required - huts are first come, first serve. Prices are steeply discounted. Camping is not allowed along this route, so you will need to stay in the three huts (fees apply and reservations are needed during Great Walk Season) Clinton Hunt, Mintaro Hut, and Dumpling Hut. There are also private lodges along the route you may want to research that provide luxury accommodation at higher prices

1 month ago

Day 3 was my 21st birthday and I climbed MacKinnon Pass. Best day. Majestic mountains that show the best of Mother Nature in all her beauty.

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1 month ago

We went in March with Ultimate Hikes. The weather was perfect. The whole hike was unbelievable in its beauty between rainforest, mountains and the rivers. Getting to drink water the super clean water from the rivers was great. Day 3 is very tough.

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2 months ago

The pain and tiredness were all worth it as the views were stunning! the huts and other facilities were amazing.

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3 months ago

An outstanding tramp. Wonderful views, great facilities. Highly recommend this.

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3 months ago

The greatest walk in the world!

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3 months ago

breathtaking beautiful scenery it's gods country alright

3 months ago

Amazing trail but difficult to get a spot in the hut unless you can plan way ahead and book the same day the booking opens.

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5 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike!! Have always dreamt of doing this and loved every minute of it. What an experience. Hard when it rains heavily and your walking all day in wet boots but soooo worth it. Truly a great walk!!!!

5 months ago

A bit less impresdive than the Routeburn. I you enjoy walking through rainforests this is for you. One fairly fairly flat day aling a river then a long climb up and down from Macinnon pass then a flat day out. Waterfalls are stunning

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6 months ago

Outstanding and one of the greatest walks. One for the bucket list!

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8 months ago

Very fortunate in that we only had one day of rail, the last day. Well maintained trail and huts. I’m looking forward to other tracks on my next visit. Thank you New Zealand for a great vacation.

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11 months ago

We did this in 2017 and loved it - very lucky to have clear weather to enjoy the forests, lakes and waterfalls, incredibly beautiful and a good challenging hike

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11 months ago

Did this in Nov 17, lovely track.. If you saw what on the NewZealand.com adv, it us what you will be seeing there. Fantastic sightseeing, but It was hard for me 4 days of walking, best to travel light and carry pain killer, just in case you need it for the sore feet. Wooly for the feet and Vaseline work best. But it is a once in a lifetime experience

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Did this track in Feb 2016 and bloody loved it. I choose to do it in three days but in hindsight would next time take the four days. when it says this track is used heavily it sure is popular which makes booking essential but the beauty is you are on it with 40 or less people at a time. I walked solo and had no-one near me through the day, but if you want company you can easily have it. I based in TE Anau and drove up into MIlford sound two days before to have a good look around. Glad I did as I got in on the last day and it was getting dark. This walk is beautiful and so is getting to and out of it. You won't ever regret it. The track is safe and easy so you can Definatly do it solo and don't need to be guided. The huts are second to none and are equipped with bed mats, gas for cooking, heating and water for washing up.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

I have walked the Track twice with Ultimate Hikes Guided Walks and still rate it one of the best Walks I have ever done. I shared the experience with friends on both occasions and we had good weather that included snow on the Mackinnon Pass on the 2nd occasion Both my trips were in November and the only downside was the Sandflies that pestered you (take bushmans deet if you can cope with it ) The track can be very wet and dangerous if you are on your own so I can heartily recommend the Ultimate Hikes Guided Walk for the ultimate in 5 star hiking!!!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Absolutely loved this hike! Time spent with people from all over the world in the huts was great. Would do this again and encourage you to try it! Beautiful!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Beautiful! when you get to the top it will most likely be misted over, but still very cool. Def bring a rain coat and lots of deet.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good! But don't go during the off season. Avalanches prevented us from crossing the pass and eventually had to get choppered out. Pack extra wet gear because it rains a lot. Beautiful scenery and a very fun experience.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Milford Track is famous for a reason. You make appointments with the two huts along the way and then schedule your pickup at the end through Milford Sound. It will rain. Maybe every day. We lucked out and it only rained the third day, so we blasted out the 12 or so miles soaking wet but it was flat. We were rewarded with a foggy Milford Sound surrounded by hundreds of waterfalls. The rest of the track is as beautiful as you can imagine, the waters crystal clear, the trails immaculate, and the staff friendly. You will probably meet some very interesting and friendly people along the trail from all over the world. Once in a lifetime hike. Also, someone WILL snore in your hut.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Milford Track affords stunning views from the top of the pass, Southland Falls are well worth the walk in from the main track. Note this app shows the start at Milford Sound, the walk actually starts from Te Anua Lake. The first lodge is Glad House. You can walk this with an organised hike so you only carry your personal effects. Enjoy!

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