Milford Track, New Zealand

Milford Track - 54 km, 4 days

The Magnificent Mackinnon PassNew Zealand’s Milford Track is one of the best known walks there. This four day walk follows the Clinton and Arthur valleys in Fiordland, in New Zealand’s south Island. From Te Anau a bus transports you to Te Anau Downs wharf where a ferry takes you across to Glade Wharf. The walk begins from there.

The Milford Track route is 54 km long and for those contemplating this trail for their walking holiday in New Zealand, some planning is required. The path is well marked. The weather in this part of New Zealand is unpredictable and needs to be catered for. Expect to be rained upon!

The falls that Donald Sutherland discovered in 1877

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE WALK: Milford Track Route: Starting from Glade Wharf, independent walkers will stay overnight at Clinton Hut, Mintaro Hut and Dumpling Hut. This is a four day walk through some of New Zealand’s finest areas. Good footwear, and a range of walking clothes including wet weather gear is neccessary to make your journey a pleasant and memorable one.

Luggage transfer: Independent walkers must carry all their own food and sleeping bags. Cooking equipment and facilities are provided at each hut.

Your Milford Track Accommodation: Accommodation for independent walkers is in the DOCS huts. Mattresses are provided as well as limited battery lighting, washing up facilities and food utensils. Guided walkers are provided with warm huts, hot food and hot showers.

Walking Route along the Milford TrackSOME HIGHLIGHTS: The independent walkers’ hut are comfortable and welcoming, especially if the weather is overwhelming. MacKinnon’s Pass, cheeky Keas (native parrots), Sutherland Falls and the numerous streams which you walk through.

WALKING ROUTE PLANNER: The track accommodates 40 independent and 40 guided walkers per day, so it has to be walked in four days.

On the Milford Track

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Your COMPANION GUIDE for the Milford Track


THE MILFORD TRACK. This will prepare you for your journey and give you that "edge" which can make a journey so enjoyable.

  • Four Day Itinerary.
  • Maori Myths of the Landscape.
  • The Discovery of Mackinnon's Pass.
  • Gear to Take.
  • Clothes to Wear.
  • Places to Visit.
  • DOCS Huts and experiences.
  • Challenges and Rewards.
  • Price includes Post.
  • AN IDEAL COMPANION GUIDE for all walkers setting out for THE MILFORD TRACK.


    ITINERARY for the Milford Track - 54 km

    The following is an outline of the 4-day non-negotiable itinerary, staying at DOCS huts.

    • Begin at: Te Anau, in New Zealand’s South Island.
    • How to get there: Take a bus from Christchurch. Another bus will transfer you to the wharf at Te Anau Downs, where a ferry will take you to Glade Wharf.
    Walking itinerary: 4 days
    • Day 1. Glade Wharf to Clinton Hut (3.5 km). This is an easy day along a fire trail to Clinton Hut.
    • Day 2.To Mintaro Hut (16.5 km). More challenging, along the Clinton River with a gradual climb to Mintaro Hut.
    • Day 3.To Dumpling Hut (14 km). This is the day that we climb 500 metres to the wonderful MacKinnon Pass, and then 1000 metres to Dumpling Hut.
    • Day 4.To Sandfly Point and Te Anau (18 km) - your destination! Quite flat today, but the track seems to go on forever – until we arrive at Sandfly Point.
    • How to get back from Sandfly Point: Ferry to Milford Sound and a bus to Te Anau via the Homer Tunnel.
    Our Take:
    This is a superb wilderness walk, so don't forget to bring your camera. Be prepared for lots of rain and wonderful walking. The track is always walked from Glade Wharf to Sandfly Point.