Experience "the finest walk in the world" as you retrace the steps of early explorers on the world-renowned Milford Track. Take your camera and capture the stunning panoramas from Mackinnon Pass across ancient valleys carved by glaciers, wander through ancient rainforests, enjoy the emerald waters of the Clinton River, and take a side trip to Sutherland Falls, which cascade down 580m.
The track is 53.5km one way - 4 days of intermediate level tramping. Great Walk tracks are of a higher standard than most other tracks so are well formed, wide, and easy to follow. Most rivers and waterways on these tracks have sturdy bridges, although occasionally there are also small streams to cross. Be aware that in wet weather rivers can rise very quickly and flood the tracks - especially on the Milford Track.
The track starts at Glade Wharf at Te Anau Downs and finishes at Sandfly Point in Milford Sound. It can only be walked in one direction. Each night is spent in one of the three huts on the Milford Track, which must be booked in advance during the Great Walks season (24 October 2017 - 30 April 2018). Camping is not permitted on the Milford Track.
During the Great Walks season the hut facilities include: bunks with mattresses in a communal sleeping layout, a fresh water supply, flushing toilets, wash basins with cold running water (but no showers), solar lighting, heating, cooking facilities with tables and seating (but no cooking utensils), and a resident DOC ranger who can tell you about the environment and weather, or help out should an emergency arise.
Outside the Great Walks season the hut facilities are reduced; gas is not provided, flush toilets are replaced with pit toilets, the water supply is limited and running water is turned off, there no rangers or emergency radio facilities, and beds are on a first come first served basis, as no bookings are required. Facilities on the track, such as bridges, are also reduced. Walking the track during this time should only be attempted by fit, experienced and well-equipped people.
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