Milford Track & Milford Day Walks
The Milford Track; A spectacular 4-day journey into a special kind of paradise
It takes four days and three nights to hike the Milford Track. In that time, you will cover 53 kilometres of spectacular scenery within Fiordland National Park, part of Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. More than a walk, the Milford Track is a breathtaking journey through lush rainforest, along pristine rivers and lakes, over high alpine passes and up close to Sutherland Falls, New Zealand’s tallest waterfall.
COMBINE YOUR HIKE WITH A STAY AT MILFORD LODGE
Any great walk deserves a great reward. Step off the walking track and into a luxurious chalet with an incredibly comfortable bed and perfectly modern bathroom for the ultimate way to rest and recuperate. Take a moment to appreciate the mountains you have conquered within Milford Sound Lodge’s tranquil rainforest setting. Rewards also come in the form of delicious wine, beer and dining at our onsite restaurant, Pio Pio.
How do I hike the Milford Track?
The Milford Track is accessible by boat transfer from Te Anau Downs and finishes with a boat transfer to stunning Milford Sound. The walk is not only an immersion in New Zealand’s grandest natural landscapes it is also the opportunity to retrace paths once trod by early explorers who ventured into this untamed wilderness for the sake of tourism.
As New Zealand’s most famous walk, the Milford Track is booked out every year. It is advisable to be on the DOC online booking system on time to book your DOC Hut tickets if you are planning to hike during the New Zealand walking season (October - April). You also need to be fit enough to cover up to 20 kilometres of rugged terrain a day, and strong enough to carry your provisions. While it is possible to hike outside of the official walking season, it is not advisable to hike during the winter months as snow and poor weather conditions make alpine hiking unsafe. Contact the Milford Track Transport experts to help you plan your Milford Hike.
Find out more about hiking the Milford Track here.
Other walks around Milford Sound
NOTE: DUE TO FLOODING IN FEBRUARY, MOST OF THESE DAY WALKS ARE UNAVAILABLE UNTIL NOV 20.
For explorers, for nature lovers, for outdoor enthusiasts, Fiordland offers a feast of multi-day hikes and gentle day walks. Base yourself at Milford Sound Lodge and explore an area regarded as a walker’s paradise.
FIORDLAND’S MULTI-DAY HIKES
A range of multi-day hikes is accessible from Milford Sound Lodge for those looking for an outdoor challenge and the chance to explore a World Heritage area by foot. These walks offer stunning rainforest and alpine trails. Check weather conditions at all times.
MILFORD SOUND DAY WALKS
Don’t rush the drive to Milford Sound. Leave plenty of time to explore the many photo stops and day walks along the Milford road. Take a moment to appreciate your first taste of Fiordland’s lush forests.
Longer walks offer adventure-seekers the chance to hike alpine trails, visit stunning waterfalls, ice fields or mountain lakes. Here are a few of Fiordland’s finest, all easily accessible from Milford Sound Lodge.
Ready to book a walking adventure?
The Best of Milford Experience is a two-night package deal combining a private guided Milford Sound walk with an incredible stay at Milford Sound Lodge.
Prefer to book separately? Contact us directly to enquire about booking a guided walk in Milford Sound.
A few of Fiordland’s finest, all easily accessible from Milford Sound Lodge
Longer walks offer adventure-seekers the chance to hike alpine trails, visit stunning waterfalls, ice fields or mountain lakes.
- Gertrude Valley – 4-5 Hours – Summer / Autumn – Climb to Gertrude Saddle; an exciting and hard to forget alpine hiking experience offering stunning mountain views, waterfalls and ice fields.
- Grave Talbot – 3-4 Hours – Upper Track: Summer / Autumn – Follow raging Fiordland rives to the Esperance River Grasslands or simply stroll alongside the Gulliver River.
- Key Summit – 3 Hours – All year – Walk to Key Summit, along a well-formed track suitable for all, for unforgettable 360-degree lake to sea views of Fiordland
- Lake Marian – 3-4 Hours – All year – Climb to a beautiful alpine lake alongside raging mountain rivers or take an easy 20-minute stroll along Marian Creek for exceptional views.
- Tutoko – 5-6 Hours – All year – Walk through enchanting rainforest and enjoy views of Fiordland’s highest peak and witness the Herbert Icefields dropping into the Leader Creek.
Milford Sound Walk + Accommodation Packages
Combine your hike with a night or two at Milford Sound Lodge. Within the lodge’s tranquil rainforest setting, rest and recuperate in luxury.
Milford Sound Boat Cruises
See the best of Milford Sound with a boat cruise on this iconic fiord. Get out on the water and discover towering waterfalls, lush rainforest, sheer granite cliffs and cheeky marine life.
Milford Kayaking Trips
Discover a different view of Milford Sound. Paddle the waters of a World Heritage site, glide through a landscape once carved by glaciers.
Lunch @ The Lodge
Enjoy a long, lazy lunch at Pio Pio restaurant. Handmade delicious using local produce. For day visitors or guests, this is a dining experience worth the journey.
Scenic Flights Milford Sound
Soar over glaciers, towering peaks, hidden lakes and waterfalls for a view of Fiordland and Southern Alps that must be seen to be believed. Light plane or helicopter flights depart from the nearby airport.
Driving the Road to Milford Sound
You don’t have to travel far along the road to Milford before Fiordland’s striking and dramatic features are revealed. Short walks, waterfalls and impressive valleys dot your journey.
Milford Sound Private Tours
Uncover the riches of Fiordland often missed in the guidebooks with a private, local guide. From the time of Gondwana and glaciers to Maori pounamu trails and pioneers of tourism.
Dive Milford Sound
Discover a dive site unlike any other. Milford Sound is renowned by divers as New Zealand’s ‘coral capital’.