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Milford Track

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,613

On this trek you will uncover a beautiful corner of New Zealand with lush vegetation, awe inspiring waterfalls, towering mountains, scenic valleys and Milford Sound, a very majestic fiord.


Energetic trampers are rewarded with ‘The Finest Walk in the World’ on this 5 day trek through the spectacular mountains of Fiordland. Covering 53km, the trail takes you through luxurian beech forest, ice carved Clinton Canyon, and past numerous spectacular waterfalls including MacKay Falls, Giants’ Gate and Sutherland Falls (the world’s fifth highest). Rejuvenate with overnight stops at some of the region’s best lodges, with most meals included, until your arrival at breathtaking Milford Sound, a 16km fjord carved by glacial ice out to the Tasman Sea.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,613

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Day 1

Queenstown - Te Anau - Glade House

The adventure begins at Ultimate Hikes Queenstown office where you will board a coach to Te Anau, arriving in time for lunch. From Te Anau Downs harbour, a launch will take you up to the head of Lake Te Anau. From the wharf it's a short walk to the historic Glade House for afternoon tea and a group photo.

Afterwards, your guides will take you on a short nature walk to explore the area. After a hot shower and three-course meal it's time to get some rest in the snug beds either in the multi-share bunk rooms or private ensuite rooms.

(Distance: 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) or a 20 minute walk)

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Glade House

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Day 2

Glade House to Pompolona Lodge

After crossing the emerald green Clinton River you walk up the valley to the Hirere Falls lunch shelter. The beech forest gets more luxuriant the farther you go, until it releases you on to the Prairie. From this meadow you can capture the true nature of the ice-carved Clinton Canyon. It is a short climb to Pompolona Lodge from here.

(Distance: 16 kilometres (10 miles) or a 5 to 7 hour walk)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Pompolona Lodge

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    Pompolona Lodge



    After a short climb you'll enter deep into the forest to find Pompolona Lodge where a hot cup and afternoon tea awaits.

    After a short climb you'll enter deep into the forest to find Pompolona Lodge where a hot cup and afternoon tea awaits.

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Day 3

Pompolona Lodge - Quintin Lodge via Mackinnon Pass

This is the most demanding day, especially in inclement weather. The track leads to Lake Mintaro at the head of the Clinton Valley, before climbing the Mackinnon Pass in a series of zig-zags. Take your time and enjoy the views. At the top you will be rewarded with spectacular panorama and lunch in Pass Hut. After the rocky descent into the Arthur Valley you will welcome a hot cup of tea at the Quintin Lodge. This should be enough to refresh you for the optional 90 minute round trip to the Sutherland Falls, the world's fifth highest waterfall.

(Distance: 15 kilometres (9 miles) or a 6 to 8 hour walk)

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Quintin Lodge

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    Quintin Lodge



    After crossing Mackinnon Pass enjoy afternoon tea at Quintin Lodge before walking up to the spectacular Sutherland Falls. This adventurous trip makes for a great leisure stay in a beautiful area of the world.

    After crossing Mackinnon Pass enjoy afternoon tea at Quintin Lodge before walking up to the spectacular Sutherland Falls. This adventurous trip makes for a great leisure stay in a beautiful area of the world.

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    • Kitchen Facilities
    • Kitchen Facilities

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Day 4

Quintin Lodge - Mitre Peak Lodge via Sandfly Point

You walk down the Arthur Valley to Boatshed; after a short break you will continue on past Mackay Falls and Bell Rock (which was carved out of the river during a particularly violent flood) and on to the lunch spot at Giant's Gate waterfall. The final stretch of track follows tranquil Lake Ada to Sandfly Point.

From here, it is a short launch trip to the renowned Mitre Peak Lodge, the only accommodation at Milford Sound and offers superb views, which are often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Here, you will enjoy a celebratory dinner while relaxing with the knowledge that the hard part is now behind you while the magnificence of Milford Sound is right in front of you.

(Distance: 21 kilometres (13 miles) or a 6 to 8 hour walk)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Mitre Peak Lodge

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  • Mitre Peak Lodge



    Mitre Peak Lodge is located in Milford Sound. It is the perfect place to stay for both hikers and travelers looking to relax. The lodge boasts a fantastic view of Mitre Peak. Rooms are modern and well furnished. The lodge is able to provide breakfast ...

    Mitre Peak Lodge is located in Milford Sound. It is the perfect place to stay for both hikers and travelers looking to relax. The lodge boasts a fantastic view of Mitre Peak. Rooms are modern and well furnished. The lodge is able to provide breakfast and is a short walk from other culinary venues.

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    • Bar
    • Bar

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Day 5

Mitre Peak Lodge - Milford Sound - Te Anau - Queenstown

Wake to the tranquillity of Fiordland and after breakfast experience a magical cruise on Milford Sound. Watch for the dolphins and fur seals and pray for rain, as you have only seen Fiordland at its most incredible when the waterfalls are in full flow.

Following the cruise it is time to head back to Queenstown. There are two options: (1) travel by coach through the heart of Fiordland National Park, through the Homer Tunnel and beyond or (2) take a spectacular scenic helicopter flight across Mt. Aspiring National Park back to Queenstown. Sit back and let the pilot show you another perspective of the World Heritage Area. Look down upon rugged peaks, sheer canyons and alpine lakes, the perfect complement to your experience on the 'finest walk in the world'. The flight option is available at an additional cost and is dependent upon the weather.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily between Nov. 1 - Apr. 18

PRICE INCLUDES:

4 nights accommodation, cruise, transfers, transportation, trek, and meals as indicated. 

OTHER INFORMATION:

The Milford Track Walk must be booked in conjuction with at least 5 nights land arrangements and/or an international airfare from North America to the South Pacific.

TB ULTIMATQUE0214WA: MTGW 1516
18 Apr 2018
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