Milford Track Great Walk
Milford Track Guided Day Walk
Ex Te Anau
Enjoy a taste of the 'finest walk in the world' with a half-day hike
Soak up the grandeur of the world-famous Milford Track with a guided walk to Giant's Gate Falls. This New Zealand Great Walk is suitable for all abilities and there is much to see. From the ancient canopy trees towering above to the emerald-green ferns below and the birdsong that echoes through the trees, it is a unique World Heritage Area best explored by foot.
Morning Guided Walk
Departing from Milford Sound, we begin with a short boat ride to Sandfly Point. The guided walk meanders alongside the cascading Arthur River through lush rainforest to Giant Gate. This spectacular waterfall is best viewed from the large swing bridge spanning the river.
Walking at an easy going pace in a small group, your knowledgeable, friendly Trips & Tramps nature guide will point out the native plants and birds inhabiting this lush environment, and share the track’s stories, bringing the history of the area to life.
Geoff Barnes was outstanding. It is always best to have someone who grew up in the area as a guide, but Geoff is more than just a local. His work experience and natural curiosity came through in explaining geology, flora, fauna, even bird calls. And a really nice guy to top it off. I keep remembering more of what he said as while we hiked along the lower Milford Track as I explore other parts of the island. The day was a real high light of the south island.
Loved the trek!
Loved the trek with Ross who was very pleasant to visit with as well as knowledgeable.
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! ;-)"
- Giant Gate Waterfall
- Milford Sound, Deep Water Basin
- Milford Sound Terminal
- Milford Track
- Sandfly Point
- Te Anau
A hot drink and light snack is provided on the guided walk. We recommend you bring hiking snacks with you and a reusable bottle of water.
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.
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 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!
8.30 am Meet guide at the Milford Sound Boat Terminal
8.45 am Depart 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 Milford Sound Boat Terminal
Transport Option: 6.30 am Pick up Te Anau accommodation, return 4.30 pm.
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 on your guided walk. We also recommend you have a change of clothes and dry shoes on conclusion of the walk in case it is a wet day.
We provide a professional nature guide, water taxi transport from Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point, Milford Track and return, safety gear, and hot drinks.
Some fitness required, easy walking. 50 metre vertical gain, 11 km return walk. There is some ares where terrain is rocky or rough underfoot. Walking time approx 4 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.
Round off your day with a Milford Scenic Boat Cruise, explore more of Milford Sound with a full day package Milford Track and Cruise.
Infant 0-4 years inclusive (must be carried in a back pack)
Child 5-15 years inclusive