Freedom Plus Itinerary
DAY 1: Arrive in Te Anau
Report in to the Department of Conservation centre to check weather, sign the intentions book and collect your hut passes. Stay the night in Te Anau.
DAY 2: Te Ana, Te Anau Downs, Clinton Hut
Walk 1 - 1.5 hours / 5km ( 3 m )
Bus from Te Anau at 9.45am or 1.15pm to Te Anau Downs boat harbour, and catch a launch to the northern end of Lake Te Anau.
From the wharf walk past the historic Glade House, cross the emerald green Clinton River by swingbridge then up the Clinton Valley to Clinton Hut.
DAY 3: Clinton Hut, Mintaro Hut
Walk 5 - 6hours, 16.5 km (9.9 m )
A gradual climb follows the Clinton River, Beech forest gets more luxuriant the further you go and the valley walls climb steeper and higher. Soon after Hirere Falls you may get your first view of Mackinnon Pass and the Pompolona ice field.
Passing the turn off to the Pompolona Hut for guided walkers it is a short climb before descending to a swingbridge with a 4o minute walk through bush for your second night on the Milford Track at Mintaro Hut.
DAY 4: Mintaro Hut, Dumpling Hut
Walk 6 - 7 hours, 14 km ( 8.4 m )
The most challenging day, but also the most rewarding. Climbing a series of zig zags as the valley floor drops away beneath your feet your reach Mackinnon's memorial cairn. Some excellent views of Lake Mintaro and Clinton Canyon.
Look out from 12 second drop to the Arthur Valley beneath you before commencing the final climb to the the highest point of the track and the Pass Day Shelter ( 1069 metres ). Many say the nearby toilet has some of the best views in Fiordland!
The track to Dumpling Hut drops steadily down over rocky, uneven terrain with spectacular views of towering rock cliffs, glacial streams, moss covered forest, a cascading waterfall section and have your first view of Sutherland Falls.
The side trip ( 1.5 hour round trip) to the mighty Sutherland Falls is well worth the effort. From the turn off the Dumpling Hut is about 20 minutes along the track.
Mitre Peak at the end of the Milford Track
DAY 5: Dumpling Hut, Sandfly Point
Walk 5 to 6 hours, 18 km ( 10.8 m )
Follow the Arthur River as it gently descends to Milford Sound. Walk through beech forest to the historic Boatshed.
From here cross the river by swingbridge and carry on to MacKay Falls, Bell Rock, Poseidon Creek and Giant Gate Falls - a good stop for lunch with toilets and shelter.
The final stretch of the track follows tranquil Lake Ada to Sandfly Point. From here you catch the launch at 2pm to Milford Sound. Your Milford Sounds Cruise departs at 3 pm and then your bus to Te Anau departs at 5 pm.
Please note. The Milford Track has several creeks that can be prone to flooding and it crosses many avalanche paths. Care must be taken in inclement weather.
Accommodation in Te Anau at a backpackers is included in this package.
Clinton, Mintaro and Dumpling Huts are public DOC Great Walk huts. Bookings are essential during summer. There is no power but there is lighting and heating in the main kitchen / dining area, flush toilets are in an outside ablution block, gas cooking facilities are provided during summer months. Bunk rooms have communal sleeping with mattresses provided.
From late October to late april there are daily departures. Bookings are essential and as this track is very popular it pays to book well in advance.
Te Anau has daily shuttle services from Queenstown and Invercargill. We are happy to help with transport arrangements.
A moderate level of fitness is required. To enjoy your walk you need to be able to walk for 4 - 7 hours over 14– 18 km ( 8 - 11 miles ) for 3 days.
The track is a mixture of natural bush and mountain tracks and is well maintained. You do need carry your own pack from hut to hut which is likely to be 8 to 12 kg.
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