Mackinnon Pass - with Clinton valley beyond - Milford Track guided walk

The Classic

Important Information about The Classic

8 days | 7 nights
95 km | 59.2 miles
Difficulty | Difficult
Nov - Apr

The Milford Track is only accessible by boat at both ends, and the track is only walked one way.

The Routeburn Track can be walked in both directions. Ultimate Hikes walks always start at the Divide on the Milford Road and finish at the Routeburn Shelter near Queenstown.


  • Transport ex Queenstown (can pick up in Te Anau but must return to Queenstown).
  • 3 nights accommodation on Milford track + 1 night at Milford Sound in our private lodges.
  • A scenic cruise on the majestic Milford Sound. 
  • 1 night in Te Anau (accommodation only).
  • 2 nights accommodation on Routeburn Track
  • All meals and snacks on track.
  • A 40ltr backpack to borrow that will contain your belongings and that you will carry with you.
  • All in the company of experienced guides.


Pre track briefing

This is held the day before your walk departure date at the Ultimate Hikes Centre in Queenstown at 2.45pm.

The bus departs Queenstown the following morning at 9.15am. It arrives in Te Anau approximately 12.00pm.

You will arrive at the start of the Milford Track at approximately 3.00pm.

Te Anau
You will arrive in Te Anau after the Milford Track section of your walk around 1.00pm.  The bus will collect you in the morning to meet your Routeburn Track group at approximately 9.00am

The group gets back to Queenstown at approximately 4.00pm, but can be subject to delays due to weather or traffic. we can drop you off at Te Anau.

We recommend you spend the night on each side of your walk in Queenstown.  

WiFi Free Zone

It is important to remember that the tracks are in a remote wilderness area. There is no cellular or internet service on the tracks.  All of our guides and the lodges are in touch with each other and the Queenstown base by radio.  Communications are possible but must come through the Queenstown office.  


The all important question - what will the weather be like? 

It is essential to be well prepared for all seasons. Fiordland & Mt Aspiring National Parks have very changeable weather patterns and high rainfall levels. This means that snow, high winds and rain can occur at any time of the year.

Fiordland has around 9 metres of rain a year and its sheer cliffs can quickly come to life with waterfalls.  Rivers and creeks can also rise quickly so be prepared to walk through water.

Layers of warm, quick drying and breathable fabrics are the key to keeping warm in wet weather and cooling off in the sun.  Whatever the weather you'll see some spectacular landscapes!

What will the weather be like?
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For more information go to Plan Your Walk