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Milford Track Transfers

Walking the Milford Track 

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
  • Visit The Department of Conservation for more information on track conditions, what to pack, and to book your hut passes

Track Transport Boat Schedules

From Glade Wharf/Te Anau Downs to track start

  • 10.30am departure (17 Dec - 6 Apr)
  • 2pm departure  (30 Nov - 30 Apr)

From Sandfly Point to Milford Sound

  • Multiple daily departures between 2pm and 4.30pm (30 Nov - 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 Sterling 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 first hand. 

Our Overnight Cruise and 3pm day cruise will be your best options for day 4 of the Milford Track. 

Coach Connections

We are excited to offer coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau through our partners at Tracknet. 

This makes it easier for our guests to book all their transport in one place. 

  • Queenstown - Glade Wharf departures 
    • 6.55am 17 December 2020- 6 April 2021
    • 10.35am 30 November 2020 - 30 April 2021
  • Te Anau - Glade Wharf Departures
    • 9.45am 17 December 2020 - 6 April 2021
    • 1.25pm 30 November 2020 - 30 April 2021
  • Milford Sound - Queenstown 
    • 2.30pm 30 November 2020 - 30 April 2021
  • Milford Sound - Te Anau departures
    • 2.30pm 30 November 2020 - 30 April 2021
    • 5pm 30 November 2020 - 30 April 2021


Car Relocation

Have your car ready and waiting for you at the end of the track.

We have partnered with Easyhike to offer easy car relocation. Like the name suggests they make it easy by picking up your car from Te Anau Downs and relocating it to Milford Sound so it is ready and waiting for you when you finish your walk. 

This will come up as an optional add-on when you book your track transfers from Te Anau Downs. After you book Easyhike you will be provided with details on how to register your vehicle. 

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