Guided Walk Itinerary

Sit back and relax. We've planned it all for you.

The logistics and planning required for a week of hiking on the Milford and Routeburn Tracks can be a little overwhelming. So we've planned out your whole itinerary to make sure that you are able to relax and simply enjoy your Classic Guided Walk.

From your Pre-Track Briefing to ensure that you are adequately prepared, to lunch stops throughout each day, ensuring that you don't miss any of the track highlights, a spectacular cruise on Milford Sound and even a night in Te Anau between tracks. We've thought of everything to ensure your safety and comfort.

  • Day 0: Pre Track Briefing

    On the afternoon before your departure you are required to attend a Pre-Track Briefing. Please check in at the Ultimate Hikes Centre, Ground Floor, The Station Building, Queenstown at 4:45pm.
    Here you will receive a complete outline of what to expect, be provided with equipment, given an opportunity to purchase last minute required items, complete the required medical forms, ask answer any last minute questions that you may have and meet your fellow walkers.
    Please advise our reservations department if you are unable to attend the Pre-Track Briefing (strongly advised to attend).

  • Day 1 : Queenstown - Te Anau - Glade House

    • 1.6km (1 mile)
    • 20 mins
    • Lunch, dinner

    The adventure begins at our Queenstown office where you board a coach to Te Anau, arriving in time for lunch. From Te Anau Downs harbour, a launch takes up to the head of Lake Te Anau. From the wharf it's a short walk to the historic Glade House for afternoon tea and a group photo. Afterwards the guides take you on a short nature walk to explore the area. After a hot shower and three-course meal it's time to get some rest in the snug beds either in the multi-share bunk rooms or private ensuite rooms.

  • Day 2: Glade House - Pompolona Lodge

    • 16km (10 miles)
    • 5-7 hours
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    After crossing the emerald green Clinton River you walk up the valley to the Hirere Falls lunch shelter. The beech forest gets more luxuriant the farther you go, until it releases you on to the Prairie. From this meadow you can capture the true nature of the ice-carved Clinton Canyon. It is a short climb to Pompolona Lodge from here.

  • Day 3: Pompolona Lodge - Quintin Lodge via Mackinnon Pass

    • 15km (9 miles)
    • 6-8 hours
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    This is the most demanding day, especially in inclement weather. The track leads to Lake Mintaro at the head of the Clinton Valley, before climbing the Mackinnon Pass in a series of zig-zags. Take your time and enjoy the views. At the top you will be rewarded with spectacular panorama and lunch in Pass Hut. After the rocky decent into the Arthur Valley you will welcome a hot cup of tea at Quintin Lodge. This should be enough to refresh you for the optional 90 minute round trip to the Sutherland Falls, the world's fifth highest waterfall.

  • Day 4: Quintin Lodge - Mitre Peak Lodge via Sandfly Point

    • 21km (13 miles)
    • 6-8 hours
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    You walk down the Arthur Valley to Boatshed; after a short break you will continue on past Mackay Falls and Bell Rock (which was carved out of the river during a particularly violent flood) and on to the lunch spot at Giant's Gate waterfall. The final stretch of track follows tranquil Lake Ada to Sandfly Point.

    From here it is a short launch trip to the renowned Mitre Peak Lodge, the only accommodation at Milford Sound offering superb views of Mitre Peak, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Here you will enjoy a celebratory dinner while relaxing with the knowledge that the hard part is now behind you while the magnificence of Milford Sound is right in front of you.

  • Day 5: Milford Sound - Te Anau

    • No walking
    • Breakfast, lunch

    Wake to the tranquillity of Fiordland and after breakfast experience a magical cruise on Milford Sound. Watch for the dolphins and fur seals and pray for rain, as you've only seen Fiordland at its most incredible when the waterfalls are in full flow.

    Following the cruise it's time to head back to Te Anau. Spend the rest of the day exploring the town that is the gateway to Fiordland and stay overnight at a Te Anau hotel. (Please note that accommodation in Te Anau is included but not dinner or breakfast).

  • Day 6: Te Anau/Divide to Lake Mackenzie

    • 13km (8 miles)
    • 5-6 hours
    • Lunch, dinner

    The second part of your adventure begins with a coach ride from Te Anau to the Divide on the scenic Milford Road. You will climb the wide and well formed track from the Divide to the optional ascent to Key Summit. Here you can sit among the alpine plants
    and gaze down three valleys from which water flows to three different coasts.

    You then descend to Lake Howden hut for a hot drink and picnic lunch, before gradually climbing through lush silver beech forest to the base of Earland Falls, quite a sight in wet weather! You will look over the Hollyford Valley to the ice capped Darran Mountains
    before descending to the splendid lodge at Lake Mackenzie where refreshments, a hot shower, three course meal and a comfortable bed are waiting.

  • Day 7: Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls

    • 15km (9 miles)
    • 5-7 hours
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    You leave the ancient forest draped in moss and lichen and enter the world of daisies, buttercups, gentians and edelweiss. Here you have a full vista of the Darran Mountains across the Hollyford Valley, which slices through Fiordland to the distant Tasman Sea at Martin's Bay. After lunch at the Harris Saddle, you can ascend Conical Hill for a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. After walking around Lake Harris you descend into the upper basins of the Routeburn Valley, with the towering mountains above. Spend your final night of luxury at the beautifully located Routeburn Falls Lodge where you will be treated to a special celebratory dinner.

  • Day 8: Routeburn Falls to Routeburn Road

    • 10km (6.1 miles)
    • 3 - 4 hrs
    • Breakfast, Lunch

    The trail descends from Routeburn Falls to the alpine meadows of the Routeburn Flats. Pass crystal clear river pools and enter the forested gorge, opening to the lowlands. A coach will take you back to Queenstown, stopping at the small town of Glenorchy on the way.

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