Milford Track Winter – Out of Season

Trampers at Glade Wharf - Start of Milford TrackBus at Te Anau Downs to meet the boat to Milford Track

This Milford Track Winter Transport Package is for Experienced Hikers who want to explore the Milford Track at its most wild. In the winter the huts are not serviced. You are responsible for your own safety and ensuring you have the correct equipment, knowledge and experience to complete the Milford Track.

Important information and links are provided below to assist your planning.

Out of Season Milford Track Transport package departs daily from 2nd October to 20th October 2017, and again in May 2018 (weather permitting), once the Great Walks Season closes. Bookings are essential, as all departures operate on demand. However all departures are weather/track/lake/road dependant. Conditions can change quickly. Tracknet will not transport passengers if weather and conditions are deemed dangerous or unsuitable.

Milford Track Winter – Full Transport Package

Te Anau to Glade Wharf & Sandfly Point to Te Anau – Total transport cost $190.00 per person

 

Transport to and from the Milford Track

Time

Cost

Travel Time

Bus from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs 8:30am 10:30am Included below 30mins
Boat from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf 9:00am 11:00am $110.00 1hr
Boat from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound 2:00pm $40.00 30mins
Bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau 3:00pm $40.00 2hrs&15mins
 * You must book your transport on and off the track at the same time.

Transport from and to Queenstown

Time Cost Travel Time
Queenstown to Te Anau 1:00pm $49.00 2hrs&45mins
Te Anau to Queenstown 9:00am $49.00 2hrs&45mins

Milford Track Transport and Information

Please note, during the WINTER season; walking times/distances may be increased due to danger from river crossings, avalanche, snowfall etc.

Departure Details


Important Information

+ The Huts are not serviced, you need to be totally self-sufficient and require your own gas for cooking, organise collection of own water, firewood etc.

+ Hut tickets can be purchased from Department of Conservation office (DOC).

+ You must fill out an intentions form with Responsible Tramping and fill in hut books as you walk.

+ You must carry either a mountain radio and/or locator beacon. Tracknet will not transport you unless you/your group has at least one of these. They are available to hire in Te Anau.

+ You must read winter walking conditions, information and Track Alerts on the DOC website and check with the Te Anau DOC Visitor Centre before your trip for Track conditions.

+ You must check the latest weather report. Be prepared to change your plans if conditions are unfavourable. Changes to weather will affect conditions in the backcountry.

+ You will need to be confident that you and your group have the necessary skills, fitness and equipment for winter tramping. Know your limits.

+ Know the outdoor safety code. Ensure your group is well equipped and carrying the correct equipment for your journey for alpine, river crossings and winter conditions.

+ Bridges are removed for the winter season. Unbridged river crossings are very dangerous and extremely hazardous. During and after heavy rain, rivers and streams in this region rise rapidly and flooding of the track is common. River and stream levels will drop rapidly once rain stops. If you are caught between flooded streams seek higher ground and wait for water levels to drop. BE PREPARED TO WAIT. Knowledge and experience in river crossings is essential for your survival. If in doubt – DO NOT CROSS.

+ Snow and ice may be present in the alpine section – alpine equipment required. Navigation and alpine skills are essential for your survival.

+ There are over 57 avalanche paths on the Milford Track.

+ Your safety and the decisions you make while on the track are your responsibility.

+ Take extra food/supplies in case you are delayed on the track – allow for at least 2 extra days.

+ All departures are weather/track/lake/road dependent. Conditions can change quickly. Tracknet will not transport passengers if weather and conditions are deemed dangerous or unsuitable.

+ Tracknet reserves the right not to transport poorly equipped individuals.

+ Bookings are essential, Tracknet are permitted to transport a maximum of 26 people per day (2 trips of 13 passengers) to Glade Wharf.

+ Operated by Tracknet in conjunction with Milford Sound Sea Kayaks, commencing as conditions such as snow or weather allow the track to be passable.

+ A minimum number of 6 passengers is required to confirm a departure.

+ During the Off Peak/Winter Season (May to mid-October) the Milford Track remains open, lake, weather and track conditions permitting.

+ Tracknet reserves all rights.


Track Information

Hut Information

Bridges are removed to avoid damage from avalanches and some facilities are not available. Hut tickets are necessary.

DOC Hut fees apply – hut tickets are available at DOC Centres.

Radios, gas cooking rings, fuel for heating and lighting are removed from huts. They will not have running water but a nearby water supply is available. Flush toilets are closed but a winter pit toilet is provided.

Equipment Considerations

In addition to the equipment listed for walking during the Great Walks Peak Season you should also carry: a gas cooker, toilet paper, torch or gas light for at night in the huts, extra food in case you are delayed on the track, extra warm clothing, mountain radio and/or personal locator beacon (PLB). You pack should have a pack liner to keep your gear dry.

Hiring Equipment

Mountain Radios and Personal Locator Beacons can be hired in Te Anau from Stu’s Place (Mountain Radio’s) +64 3 249 8363 and Mobil Te Anau (Personal Locator Beacons) +64 3 249 7247.

If you require any additional gear there are hire and provisions available in Te Anau. You can hire tramping gear from Bev’s Tramping Gear Hire and/or Outside Sports.

Accommodation, showers, spa bath, sauna, laundry, car storage, baggage storage and lockers are available at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park


To Book your Transport

For all bookings and enquiries please complete our booking form with your requirements. Please allow up to 1 working day for your booking form to be processed. Alternatively, please contact us to make your booking or for further details.

All prices in New Zealand Dollars – including GST.
Please confirm current prices when booking.

All rights reserved.

Cancellation Policy

Didymo

When you arrive at Glade Wharf on the Milford Track, you will be asked to walk through a 5% detergent to 95% water solution – this will kill any Didymo (an invasive Freshwater plant) which may be on your boots.

If you have any other gear (such as gaiters or waders) please check, clean (using a 5% detergent to 95% water solution) and dry your gear BEFORE and AFTER your travels through Fiordland National Park – and any other area in New Zealand.

This product is not Endorsed as part of the Qualmark License held by Tracknet.