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Bookings are now open for our Winter 2024 Great Walks transport! The Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Track Transport Packages and Sector Transport can now be booked online

Milford Track Transport.

Great Walks Fiordland

Book your Milford Track transport package with Tracknet Transport

* Timetable & price information is currently being updated for the 2024/2025 season. Hut tickets will be on sale from 9.30 am on 28 May 2024.*

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The Milford Track is known as 'The finest walk in the world' and is very popular, with hut tickets selling out quickly for the Great Walks season each year. Freedom walk the 53.5 km track over 3 nights & 4 days and experience the lush green rainforest, pristine lakes and rivers, and be captivated by the spectacular views on offer.
Tracknet has Milford Track Transport packages with services connecting with each boat to and from the Milford Track during the Great Walks season. Our bus & boat transport packages can be booked from either Te Anau or Queenstown.

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Why book your Milford Track Transport with us?

  • ARRIVE AT THE TRAIL HEAD IN COMFORT

    Travel Te Anau Downs to Glade House aboard an all-weather catamaran with large viewing windows, viewing deck, toilets and complimentary tea & coffee.

  • EXPERTS IN THE FIELD

    Tracknet has been operating a dedicated Track transport network in Fiordland for over 30 years

  • LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS

    Tracknet is a truly family owned & operated business with 3 generations currently working in the business

  • WE LOVE FIORDLAND

    Tracknet is a major supporter of local conservation efforts, including the whio breeding programme & predator control lines. We love Fiordland and are committed to its future!

Milford Track Transport Packages

Prices listed are for the 2023/2024 Summer hiking season (for Winter transport please see the Milford Track Winter transport page.
  • Depart Te Anau > Walk the Milford Track > Return Te Anau

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    $248.00
    per adult
    $163.00
    per child
    • Bus + Ferry: 9.45am or 1:25pm Bus from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs connecting to fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf 10.30am or 2pm (arrival time 11:30am or 3pm)
    • Walk: Walk the Milford Track (3 nights)
    • Ferry: Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (15 mins)
    • Bus: 2:30pm or 5pm Bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau (2 hrs 15 mins) You can select a later date should you wish to spend a night (or more) in Milford Sound after the track.
  • Depart Queenstown 6.55am > Walk the Milford Track > Return Queenstown

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    $339.00
    per adult
    $232.00
    per child
    • Bus: 6:55am Bus from Queenstown to Te Anau (2 hrs 30 mins)
    • Bus + Ferry: 9.45am bus Te Anau to Te Anau Downs connecting to 10.30am fast ferry to Glade Wharf (1hr 45 mins)
    • Walk: Walk the Milford Track (3 nights)
    • Ferry: 2pm Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (15 mins)
    • Bus: 2:30pm Bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown (5 hrs 25 mins) You can select a later date should you wish to spend a night (or more) in Milford Sound after the track.
  • Depart Queenstown 10.30am > Walk the Milford Track > Return Queenstown

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    $339.00
    per adult
    $232.00
    per child
    • Bus: 10.30am Bus from Queenstown to Te Anau (2 hrs 30 mins)
    • Bus + Ferry: 1.25pm bus Te Anau to Te Anau downs connecting to 2pm Fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (1hr 35 mins)
    • Walk: Walk the Milford Track (3 nights)
    • Ferry: 2pm Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (15 mins)
    • Bus: 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown (5 hrs 15 mins) You can select a later date should you wish to spend a night (or more) in Milford Sound after the track.
  • Depart Queenstown > Overnight Te Anau > Walk the Milford Track > Return Queenstown

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    $339.00
    per adult
    $232.00
    per child
    • Bus: 6:55am, 10:30am or 4.35pm Bus from Queenstown to Te Anau (2 hrs 30 mins)
    • Bus + Ferry: 9.45am or 1:25pm Bus the following day from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs with connecting fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (1hr 45 mins)
    • Walk: Walk the Milford Track (3 nights)
    • Ferry: 2pm Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (15 mins)
    • Bus: 2:30pm Bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown (5 hrs 15 mins) You can select a later date should you wish to spend a night (or more) in Milford Sound after the track.
  • Depart Queenstown > Walk the Milford Track > Milford Cruise > Return Queenstown

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    $439.00
    per adult
    $292.00
    per child
    • Bus: 10.30am Bus from Queenstown to Te Anau (2 hrs 30mins)
    • Bus + Ferry: 1.25pm bus Te Anau to Te Anau downs connecting to 2pm fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf (1hr 35 mins)
    • Walk: Walk the Milford Track (3 nights)
    • Ferry: 2pm Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (15 mins)
    • Cruise: 2.45pm Milford Sound Cruise (operated by Cruise Milford) (1hr 45mins)
    • Bus: 5:00pm Bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau (2 hrs)
    • Bus: 7.05am, 11.30am or 5pm Bus from Te Anau to Queenstown (2hrs 45 mins) You can select a later date should you wish to spend more nights in Te Anau before returning to Queenstown.
  • Depart Te Anau > Walk the Milford Track > Milford Cruise > Return Te Anau

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    $348.00
    per adult
    $223.00
    per child
    • Bus + Ferry: 9.45am or 1:25pm Bus from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs connecting to fast ferry from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf 10.30am or 2pm (arrival time 11:30am or 3pm)
    • Walk: Walk the Milford Track (3 nights)
    • Ferry: 2pm Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (15 mins)
    • Cruise: 2.45pm Milford Sound Cruise (operated by Cruise Milford) (1hr 45mins)
    • Bus: 5:00pm Bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau (2 hrs) You can select a later date should you wish to spend a night (or more) in Milford Sound after the track.

Plan Your Trip

Milford Track Info

The 53.5 km Milford Track is in the heart of spectacular Fiordland National Park, which is part of the Te Wahi Pounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Often described as the finest walk in the world, the Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular. The track can only be walked in one direction, as a 4 day / 3-night walk from Glade Wharf to Milford Sound during the Great Walks Summer Season (late October to late April). Just 40 independent walkers and a similar number of guided walkers are permitted to start the track each day. Pre-booking your hut tickets during summer is essential – book through the Department of Conservation website to reserve your hut space on the Track.

The Milford Track starts at the head of Lake Te Anau and finishes in Milford Sound. Te Anau is the nearest township to the start of the track and 180kms from Queenstown. From here the track passes through the beech forests of a sheer-sided glacial valley as it gradually climbs and follows the crystal-clear Clinton River to the foot of Mackinnon Pass. From the pass (1154 metres), spectacular views of the surrounding mountains are your reward. Sutherland Falls, the highest waterfall in New Zealand can be seen after the descent from the pass. The higher rainfall and milder temperatures of the Arthur Valley give a more diverse forest walk, past waterfalls and lakes to Sandfly Point. A variety of native birds may be seen or heard along the length of the track.

Your walk concludes at Sandfly Point where a ferry will take you the short distance across the bay to Milford Sound. Here is where the Tracknet bus departs to take you on your onward journey to the Divide, Te Anau Downs, Te Anau, or Queenstown.

Booking Information (2023/2024)

The transport options on this page are only available during the Great Walks season from 24th October 2023 to 1st May 2024. Milford Track Hut bookings open on Thursday, 20th April 2023. Please contact us if you require transport outside of these months. Please read the following details before booking:

  • As space is limited on the Milford Track, hut reservations must be made on the Department of Conservation website before you book your bus & ferry transport packages.
  • The Queenstown to Te Anau Downs service has a 15 minute stop-over at the Te Anau Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre for passengers to collect their hut tickets. There may also be a possible bus change here.
  • Ferry information for Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf. The 10:30am & 2:00pm ferries are operated by our partners at Real Journeys and are available from 24th October 2023 to 1st May 2024. You will travel in a large, comfortable vessel with local commentary and complimentary tea & coffee available onboard. The trip takes 1 hour from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf, the start of the Milford Track.
  • The 7:00am bus service from Queenstown to Te Anau Downs & the 9:45am service from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs, both connect with the 10:30am boat from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf.
  • The 10:30am service from Queenstown to Te Anau Downs & the 1:25pm service from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs, both connect with the 2:00pm boat from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf.
  • 9:25am & 2:30pm Milford Sound to Queenstown services have a restroom break and possible bus change in Te Anau.
  • The ferry transport from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound Terminal starts at 2:00pm and continues to do shuttle transport until 3:30pm. This ferry connects with the 2:30pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau/Queenstown and there is also a 5:00pm bus from Milford Sound to Te Anau.
  • If you book the 5:00pm bus from Milford to Te Anau, there is enough time for an optional Milford Sound Cruise at 2:45pm (additional cost applies), this is well worth doing and we can book this tour for you.
  • All services have limited pick up and drop off points.
  • Note that accommodation is not included in our transport packages.

Bookings: You can check departure times and availability online. Book online and receive an instant email confirmation. Alternatively, please contact us to make your bookings or for further details.

Bus Timetable

Milford Track Shuttle Departure Times Travel Time
Queenstown to Te Anau Downs 6:55am 10:30am* 3hrs & 15mins
Te Anau to Te Anau Downs 9:45am 1:25pm 30 mins
Ferry from Te Anau Downs to Milford Track 10:30am 2:00pm 1 hour
Ferry from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound 2:00pm 3:00pm 20mins
Milford Sound to Te Anau 9:25am 2:30pm 5:00pm 2hrs
Milford Sound to Queenstown 9:25am 2:30pm 5hrs
Milford Sound Cruise 2:45pm 1hr & 45mins

* The Queenstown to Te Anau Downs service has a 15 minute stop-over at the Te Anau Department of Conservation (DOC) to collect hut tickets. There may also be a possible bus change.

Fiordland Base Camp

The Tracknet office is based at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park & Motels (77 Te Anau-Manapouri Highway, Te Anau), and because of our fantastic location we are able to offer our customers so much more than just transport! Stay with us at Fiordland's Base Camp, and take advantage of these convenient extras

  • Wide variety of accommodation options available
  • Across the road from the Department of Conservation (DOC) office, where you can pickup your hut tickets
  • FREE overnight carparking
  • FREE excess luggage storage
  • 10 minute walk into Te Anau town centre to supermarkets & restaurants
  • Showers after your walk for $15.00
  • Coffee shop on site

We have been organising track transport in Te Anau for over 30 years, so know what people need to get them there. Make your trip even easier and book your accommodation at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park & Motels, your Fiordland Base Camp.

Milford Track Map

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Winter Season Transport Information

Tracknet provides a Milford Track Winter Transport Package for experienced hikers who want to explore the Milford Track at its most wild. In the winter season (May to late October) walkers can travel the track, staying up to two nights at each hut with Back Country hut tickets. Departures are dependent on weather and track conditions.
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