Milford Track

We make organising the Milford Track hassle-free.


  • The Milford Track is known worldwide as one of the most iconic and majestic walks in the world, and walking it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most people.
  • The towering peaks and huge valleys make it truly majestic and also remote.  Part of this amazing journey is getting to the start.  Local advice with your transport planning can really add the x-factor to building the Milford into your itinerary – especially if you are short of time.
  • Milford comes to life when it rains and water tumbles off surrounding cliffs creating hundreds of spontaneous waterfalls. This is beautiful to experience, as long as you are prepared for the weather with the right gear!
  • If you are looking for quality gear, Easyhike has clean and comfortable hire gear that’s light on your back and suited to the track. With hotel drop off before you go, borrowing couldn’t be better.


DISTANCE:  53.5 km one way (transport required).

DURATION:  4 Days / 3 Nights (required) – the first day is really short and you can start in the afternoon.

START:  Glade Wharf, Lake Te Anau via water taxi from Te Anau Downs (27km from Te Anau).

FINISH:  Milford Sound via water taxi from Sandfly Point.

ACCOMMODATION:  Department of Conservation huts (bunks and shared facilities).


Packing food and gear for a hike is a hassle when relaxing on holiday.  Get on the track and back with Easyhike, and enjoy the ease.

Our specialty is car relocation and delivering on food and gear, but our true passion lies in helping you get out there and hiking happy.

Premium Package Inclusions

Local Support
& Advice


Car relocation
(your car or bus)

Hiking Food

Gear Hire

Milford Track Water Taxi

Water Taxi: Adult from $138 
Child (4-14 years) $92

Te Anau Downs: 11.30am, 2pm
Sandfly Point: 12pm-4pm (several departures - continual)

Milford Track Bus

$194/Adult ex QT
$101/Adult ex Te Anau
$67/Adult ex Te Anau Downs
+ Water Taxi from $138pp

Milford Track Bus Timetable

Queenstown to Te Anau Downs: 6.55am, 8am, 10.25am (Departs from Queenstown Central and Queenstown Airport)
Te Anau to Te Anau Downs: 9.45am, 11am or 1.25pm (Departs from DOC Visitor Centre)

Milford Sound to Te Anau: 9.25am, 2.30pm, 5.00pm
Milford Sound to Queenstown: 9.25am, 2.30pm


Suggested Itinerary

Milford Track Elevation Profile

Day 1: Glade Wharf via Lake Te Anau to Clinton Hut (1 – 1 ½ hour, 5km)

Day 2: Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hut (6 hours, 16.5km)

Day 3: Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut via Mackinnon Pass (6-7 hours, 14km)

Day 4: Dumpling Hut to Sandfly Point (5 ½ – 6 hours, 18km)

See the DOC Milford Track Brochure for further details on the terrain covered each day.

DOC Huts

During the Great Walks season, the huts have basic cooking facilities, heating, bunks, mattresses, toilets, solar-powered lighting, running cold water and a DOC ranger in residence. There are no cooking utensils or showers in the huts and bookings are required.

The Milford Track is extremely popular that when bookings open each year (typically June), hut spaces disappear in minutes. We recommend you plan your trip early so you can nab those ideal dates. Our Premium package includes DOC hut tickets if you want us to take care of booking these for you.


Travel to and from the Milford Track requires boat access and road transport at both the start and end of the track. We can take care of all your transport including water taxis, road transport and Car Relocation.

The start of the track is at Glade Wharf, Lake Te Anau approximately one hour by water taxi from Te Anau Downs (30km from Te Anau township). Regular water taxi’s run during the Great Walks Season and we suggest you take the fast boat from Te Anau Downs at 11:30am or 2 pm. This is part of our Transport Package.

The track finishes at Sandfly Point, a 15-minute boat ride to Milford Sound Wharf. From Milford Sound, it is a 2-hour drive (93km) to Te Anau Downs, 2 ½ hours (120km) to Te Anau and 5 hours to Queenstown (297 km).


The weather in New Zealand and Fiordland National Park is very changeable. Even if the forecast is for fine weather or it’s the height of summer, you should always be prepared. Heavy rain, strong winds, cold temperatures, snow can happen at any time of the year so make sure you have the right clothing including warm layers and a rain jacket. Check the weather forecast before heading out – here is the weather report for Fiordland National Park.


A good level of fitness is needed to walk the Milford Track and you should make sure it suits your abilities. The Mackinnon Pass is a gradual climb with at times, a steep descent. Talk to us about tramping poles which are an excellent tool to assist you throughout the hike.

What To Take

See our Great Walks Packing List for what you need to take, or book our Great Walk Gear Package and we’ll supply it all for you! Your footwear is one of the most important factors to consider. Most people opt for hiking boots over trainers but it’s a personal choice. Factors you should consider when deciding which footwear include your hiking experience, fitness level and how heavy your pack will be. We recommend hiking boots for support and comfort, but either way, your footwear needs to be well worn in and used to your feet, otherwise – hello blisters! No one wants blisters…

Food-wise, you’ll want to make sure you have enough to last the 4-day walk, plus contingency. Food should be lightweight, tasty, nutritious and provide you with much-needed fuel! Our Hiking Food Packages take care of this.


The Milford Track is well-maintained and easy to follow, but some sections are steep and can be slippery. Always stick to the track and look out for your fellow hikers. DOC rangers are stationed in the huts during the Great Walks season, but you should always check the weather before you go, and tell someone of your plans. The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council have some fantastic resources on keeping safe in the great outdoors.

Bookings & Hiking Season

The Milford Track is very popular and usually sell out 6 months to 1 year in advance. We recommend planning and booking your trip as early as possible to secure your ideal dates.

The Great Walk Season runs from late October until late April every summer. If you are looking at hiking outside of the season, refer to DOC’s advice.

What People are Saying…

A seemless and cost effective way to get car from start to end of Milford Track – We had our car relocated from the start of the Milford Track (Te Anau Downs) to the end (Milford Sound). We loved having the flexibility of finishing when we wanted to and spending as much time in Milford Sound. It worked out cost-neutral for three people – but with the benefits of being able to be flexible about spending time in Milford Sound.

Michael V, UK