Day by Day Itinerary

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

The logistics and planning required for a 5 day walk on the Milford Track 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 Milford Track 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 and even a spectacular cruise on Milford Sound at your final destination. 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 will board a coach to Te Anau, arriving in time for lunch. From Te Anau Downs harbour, a launch will take you 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, your guides will 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 descent into the Arthur Valley you will welcome a drink at Quintin Lodge. Once refreshed you can't miss 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: Mitre Peak Lodge - Milford Sound - Te Anau - Queenstown

    • 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 Queenstown. There are two options: (1) travel by coach through the heart of Fiordland National Park, through the Homer Tunnel and beyond or (2) take a helicopter transfer across Mt Aspiring National Park back to Queenstown. Sit back and let the pilot show you another perspective of the World Heritage Area. Look down upon rugged peaks, sheer canyons and alpine lakes, the perfect complement to your experience on the 'finest walk in the world'. The flight option is available at an additional cost and is dependent upon the weather.

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