The Milford Track starts at Glade Wharf, Te Anau Downs. You must book a 1-hour boat transfer across Lake Te Anau to the start of the walking track. We offer a daily ferry service during the Great Walk season. Free car parking is available at Te Anau Downs, or bus transfers can also be booked from Queenstown or central Te Anau.
After 4 days of tramping through beautiful beech forests and across alpine passes, the track ends with a short boat ride from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound. Real Journeys operate a boat service at the end of the track and this must be booked in advance.
Important things to know about the Milford Track
The Milford Track can only be walked in one direction (Te Anau Downs to Milford Sound)
The track must be walked as a 3-night, 4-day walk
You will need to book your hut passes directly through DOC, no camping is allowed on the Milford Track
Rated as an Intermediate track, the walk is suitable for a range of abilities
The Milford Great Walk is maintained to a high standard, with well-formed tracks and sturdy bridges
Outside of the great walk season facilities are greatly reduced and additional safety hazards are present. Only very experienced and well-equipped trampers should attempt the track during this time
Multiple daily departures between 2pm and 4.30pm (29 Oct - 30 Apr)
Note: The Sandfly Point transfer boat will continuously shuttle walkers back and forth from the end of the track to Milford Sound.
A cruise through spectacular Milford Sound is the perfect way to end your Milford Track experience.
Cruise past mightily Mitre Peak, stand under the legendary Stirling Falls and keep an eye out for the unique locals (seals, dolphins and penguins). Add on a cruise and experience the magic of Milford Sound firsthand.
Our Overnight Cruise and 3pm day cruise will be your best options for day 4 of the Milford Track.
Yes, free parking is available at Te Anau Downs, a short stroll from the wharf where your journey will begin.
Please note that the Milford Track end is in Milford Sound and you will need to organise a vehicle relocation or transport back to Te Anau downs to collect your car after you finish the track.
Can I book one-way coach transport?
Yes, although this option is not currently available online. Please give us a call on 0800 656 501 and we will be happy to help book one-way coach transport for you.
How often is the boat from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound Terminal?
From 2pm until 4.30pm the Sandfly Point shuttle will travel back and forth until all walkers are off the track. The boat can accommodate up up to 20 passengers per trip, although we usually keep the number around 15 to allow more room for packs. There is a shelter located at the end of the track to accommodate guests if you need to wait for a transfer off the track.
What if I miss my boat?
Please ensure you are at the wharf at the time listed on your booking confirmation to ensure you do not miss the boat.
On the return from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound, our friends at Ultimate Hikes will sweep the track and we will mark our manifest to ensure all walkers have made it to the end of the track on time. If you are missing, the Department of Conservation will be notified and it may trigger a search.
How can I add a Milford Cruise to my trip?
Our 3pm afternoon cruise is the best option for Milford Track Walkers and can link seamlessly with the 5pm Tracknet coach departure from Milford Sound to Te Anau.
For a truly once in a lifetime experience, book an Overnight Cruise onboard the Milford Mariner. After spending a night on the fiord, you can connect to the morning Tracknet bus returning to Te Anau or Queenstown (call to book this custom transport option).