ADMIRE THE BEAUTY OF FIORDLAND
Admire the beauty of Fiordland, explore its nooks and crannies.
New Zealand’s most famous walk, amidst mountains and rainforests: from the river flowing through the deep valley to glaciers and snow-clad peaks, follow the waterfalls all the way down to the fiords. The Milford Track has thrilled hikers for more than 150 years. Before that, the great Māori people used the track for gathering and transporting precious Greenstone, a beautiful Jade or Serpentine Stone (the difference is in the hardness). There are plenty Māori legends about the track and the native species found in it.
The ‘Finest Walk in the World’
New Zealand’s most famous walking trail, the Milford Track has origins as an overland greenstone route between Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound. In 1888, colourful local Quintin Mackinnon navigated the rainforests and mountain passes to create the route the track follows today. Word got out, and Mackinnon became the track’s first guide, famous for his good nature and scone-baking skills. In 1908, the London Spectator called the Milford Track the ‘Finest Walk in the World’, and as they say, the rest is history.
One-of-a-kind flora and fauna
The Milford Track’s flora and fauna is extraordinary. Forests of tall beech trees dotted with rimu and fuchsia give way to rainforests covered in emerald ferns and mosses. Dappled sunlight filters through the canopy, and higher up you’ll discover Cabbage Trees, Edelweiss and Mountain Daisies. As you walk, you’re likely to hear the soft, melodious calls of the Tui and the Bellbird, as well as the odd rambunctious squawk of the cheeky Kea bird, the world’s only alpine parrot.
Insiders tip: Sunny days are postcard perfect but we would argue that only when it rains, and torrents of water drop down the steep mountainsides, have you truly experienced the Milford Track.
The logistics involved in walking the multi-night Milford Track can be a bit confusing. We get that, so have tailored a range of trips and transport options to help get you from A to B. From our water taxi which puts you in the perfect starting spot, to privately guided walks with all the bells and whistles. We know Fiordland, and can help you get to where you want to be. To help make your trip super easy, see our summary and booking options below:
- Transport from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs. From here you can either self-drive and have your vehicle relocated round to Milford Sound or take a bus.
- Check out our 2pm Water Taxi departure from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf and the start of the Milford Track.
- Grab the Water Taxi from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound. We can book this on your behalf to make it easy for you.
- Transport from Milford Sound to Te Anau/Queenstown. If you had your vehicle relocated you can self-drive or take a bus
Missed out on hut tickets? We offer a very special, private guided day walk or a morning boat charter to the track if you prefer to walk independently for the day so you can tick this world-famous place off the list.