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 2019, and again in May 2019 (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 dependent, as conditions can change quickly. Tracknet will not transport passengers if weather and conditions are deemed dangerous or unsuitable.
Te Anau to Glade Wharf & Sandfly Point to Te Anau. Total transport cost $190.00 per person
Transport to and from the Milford Track
|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|
Transport from and to Queenstown
|Queenstown to Te Anau||1:00pm||$49.00||2hrs&45mins|
|Te Anau to Queenstown||9:00am||$49.00||2hrs&45mins|
* You must book your transport on and off the track at the same time.
Please note, during the WINTER season; walking times/distances may be increased due to danger from river crossings, avalanche, snowfall etc.
+ 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 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.
+ 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.
+ Tracknet reserves the right not to transport poorly equipped individuals (including those without a locator beacon).
+ Operated by Tracknet in conjunction with Milford Sound Sea Kayaks, commencing as conditions such as snow or weather allow the track to be passable.
+ 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.
DOC Hut fees apply – hut tickets are available at DOC Centres.
Bridges are removed to avoid damage from avalanches and some facilities are not available. Hut tickets are necessary. 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.
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.
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.
Accommodation, showers, spa bath, sauna, laundry, car storage, baggage storage and lockers are available at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park
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.
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.
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