Guided tour

Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

Activity provider: Fiordland Trips and Tramps

From US$ 643.31 per person

Experience a guided half-day walk on the world-famous Milford Track, suitable for all abilities. Meander alongside the cascading Arthur River through lush rainforest to the Giant Gate Waterfall.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Experience a taste of the famous New Zealand Milford Track in Fiordland National Park from Milford Sound
  • Walk in a small group with a local, knowledgeable guide who will narrate along the way, sharing stories about the native birds and trees
  • Access the track with a short boat ride across the fiord
  • View the beautiful Giants Gate waterfall and the legendary track end, Sandfly Point
  • Cover a distance of 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) on a well-graded track, suitable for all ages with basic fitness
Full description
Spend some time in nature in the beautiful Fiordland National Park on a half-day guided walk to Giants Gate on the world famous Milford Track. Departing Milford Sound Wharf, the walk begins with a short boat ride to Sandfly Point. It is then an easy 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) alongside the cascading Arthur River, then Lake Ada, on a well-maintained track. Your destination is the Giants Gate. This scenic waterfall is best viewed from the large swing bridge spanning the river. On your return, you will be walking under ancient temperate rainforest surrounded by an array of ferns, mosses and lichens in vibrant shades of green. The small group of 12 walkers per guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating human heritage of the track. On completion of the walk, take the opportunity to take photos at the sign marking the end of the track, a site festooned with the boots of walkers who have made it to the end of the walk, not a single step further. Then rejoin the boat for the transfer back to Milford Wharf.
  • Return boat transport from Milford to Sandfly Point
  • Professional hiking guide
  • Safety gear
  • A limited number of wet weather gear is available for those guests who don’t have their own but the tour operator needs to know prior to the day of the tour, so please phone them to make arrangements
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Meeting point

Departure is from Main Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound. Check in with your guide at 8.30 AM. Please note that Milford Sound is approximately a 2-hour drive from Te Anau. So please depart no later than 6.20 AM if driving from Te Anau. Your guide will meet you at the Mitre Peak Cruise office, inside the Visitor Terminal.

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What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • What to bring: comfortable sturdy walking boots/shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing including hat and gloves, sun hat, water bottle, snacks and insect repellent. It is also recommended that you bring a change of clothes and footwear to have on hand after your walk in case of a very wet Fiordland day!
Customer reviews

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5 /5

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An epic location, epic guide … what more could you want? Kate was brilliant, a great pace and lots of information along the track. She took the time to point out birds to my daughter who has fallen in love with NZ native birds. A great day and would recommend 100%.

December 29, 2022

Very Good guided tour with experience guide

Walk for 4 hours along the Milford track. Walk was lovely, but could have walked the whole track if we were aware there was 4 day hiking expedition available. However, the route we travelled was good, easy going. Would recommend and to consider the 4 day hike. But book early as they sell out very fast!

February 23, 2019

I Can highli recommend this trip if you just want a taste of the 4 day hike at Milford Track. It’s beautiful - very very wet, but beautiful.

November 6, 2019

Product ID: 26560