Milford Track Great Walk
Milford Track Guided Walk and Boat Cruise
Ex Milford Sound
Ex Te Anau
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Enjoy a taste of the world-famous Milford Track with a half-day guided walk. Highlights include the notorious Sandfly Point at the end of the track, and the beautiful Giant's Gate waterfall. Complete the day with a magnificent cruise on Milford Sound. You've got Milford Sound covered with these two great products, creating the unforgettable Milford Sound experience in one great value package. It is a fantastic way to see both the 'finest walk in the world' and enjoy the fiord from sea level, including the picturesque Mitre Peak.
Part 1- Morning guided walk on the Milford Track
After brief introductions at the Milford Sound terminal, we begin with a short boat ride across Milford Sound’s Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point, adeptly named as you will see! This is the end point of the Milford Track, but the start of today's Milford hike. From there we begin our guided walk, meandering alongside the cascading Arthur River then Lake Ada, on a well formed track. Our destination and half way point is Giant's Gate waterfall. This spectacular waterfall is best viewed and photographed from the large swing bridge spanning the river.
There is much to see, from the ancient trees towering above to the vibrant green ferns and mosses below. Walking in a small group (maximum 12 people), your Trips & Tramps nature guide will point out the native fauna and flora and share the fascinating human heritage of the track, bringing the area to life.
On conclusion of the guided walk, you return to the main wharf complex for your boat cruise.
Part 2 - Afternoon boat cruise
Enjoy Milford Sound’s awe-inspiring scenery from the comfort of a Scenic Boat Cruise on a modern, spacious vessel.
With purpose-built observation lounges and large decks, you can be sure you will get some great viewing opportunities. You’ll see the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest. Keep a look out for wildlife like seals basking on the rocks or dolphins. During the cruise, friendly crew provide commentaries and point out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.
Very knowledgeable guide and we had fun in the tour!
Our tour guide Jeff was a very knowledgeable guide and we had fun in the tour! Check in was easy as was the relocation to the start (end) of the walking track. I liked the way that he let us make our way back at our own pace (with him taking up the rear so that no one got lost) as this allowed us to stop at the places that we wanted to spend a little more time at.
I had a great experience!
"I had a great experience discouvering a small but significant part of the Milford Sound with our guide. He was both really nice, a good group manager and a great resource on the area. We walked together a few times and he shared extra insights I found very interesting. There never was enough time but we did a good job! ;-)"
- Te Anau
- Giant Gate Waterfall
- Milford Sound
- Milford Sound, Deep Water Basin
- Milford Sound Terminal
- Milford Track
- Sandfly Point
- Te Anau
- Sandfly Point, Milford Track
A hot drink and light snack is provided on the guided walk. We recommend you bring hiking snacks with you and a filled, reusable bottle of water for the hike. There is an option to preorder a picnic lunch on board the boat cruise in the afternoon (additional charge). On board the boat complimentary tea and coffee is available, plus a basic cafe to purchase food. Alternatively you can take your own lunch with you on the boat cruise.
Ex Milford Sound
If you have selected to depart from Milford Sound, meet your Trips & Tramps guide at 8.30 am. You will meet your guide at the vending machines in the Main Visitor Terminal, just inside the front doors.
Note Milford Sound is a recommended 2 hour drive from Te Anau plus you need to allow time to park, so we recommend a 6.00 am departure from Te Anau. From October 2019 Milford Sound Tourism is implementing paid parking in the main Milford car parks, the cost will be set at $10 per hour, payable by credit card only, and will apply to the paved car parks. The gravel overflow car park on Deepwater Basin Road will be free where a courtesy shuttle to the terminal will operate every 15-20 minutes between the hours of 8.00 am and 5.30 pm. We encourage you to be at Milford parked up by 8.00 am in the gravel car park on Deepwater Basin Road if you wish to have free parking. From here it is a 20-30 minute walk to the main Terminal Building where we meet, or you can catch the courtesy shuttle.
The Milford Road is steep, windy and narrow in places - less confident drivers should consider taking the transport option.
Ex Te Anau
If you have selected our transport option for the Milford Track Guided Walk, we will collect you from your Te Anau accommodation so please be ready waiting for us outside at 6.30 am good to go!
Part 1 - Milford Track Guided Walk
8.30 am Check in at the Milford Sound Boat Terminal
8.45 am Depart Milford Sound Wharf by Water taxi to Sandfly Point
11.15 am Wilderness tea break at Giant Gate Waterfall
1.00 pm Water taxi departs Sandfly Point
1.15 pm Return to Milford Sound
Part 2 Milford Scenic Boat Cruise
1.30 pm Check in Real Journeys Office, Milford Terminal
1.45 pm Depart Milford Boat Cruise
3.25 pm Return Milford Wharf
Transport Option: 6.30 am Pick up Te Anau accommodation, return 6.00 pm. Note for the transport from Te Anau the morning pick-up is with Trips & Tramps and return with a Real Journeys Coach.
Availability: 21st October to 30th April.
What to bring
We recommend you bring comfortable walking shoes, day pack containing warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, insect repellent, drinking water, hiking snacks and camera. We also recommend you have a change of clothes and dry shoes on conclusion of the walk in case it is a wet day. Bring lunch with you or preorder a packed lunch on the boat cruise.
We provide on the guided walk a professional guide, water taxi transport from Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point, Milford Track and return, safety gear, and hot drinks. Plus 1 hour 45 minute Milford Sound Scenic boat cruise with Real Journeys to the Tasman Sea with great viewing opportunities.
Some fitness required, easy walking. 50 metre vertical gain, 11 km return walk. There is some areas where terrain is rocky or rough underfoot. Walking time approx 3 hours. On occasion, wet weather may make conditions more challenging when puddles or streams may be encountered. We operate in most weather conditions, so ensure you are suitably prepared. Not recommended for children under 8 years.