Milford Track, New Zealand

Milford Track, New Zealand

The Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful walks. It starts from Glade Wharf at Lake Te Anu, ends in Sandfly Point at Milford Sound and was originally a track used by Maori to collect greenstones. John Mackay and Donald Sutherland were the first European explorers to see the Sutherland Falls and Mackay Falls in 1880, and Quintin Mackinnon was the first to open up the trail to the public.

Walking tour to Milford Track

flickr image by almassengale

Today the track is used by 140,000 people annually and it is 53km long. The route passes through rainforest, waterfalls, fjords, lakes and mountains and takes in some of the most spectacular New Zealand landscapes. Due to its popularity, in peak season the trail can only be completed in one direction and walkers must complete it within four days. Some of the key sights are the Mackinnon Pass, the ring of mountains known as the Nicholas Cirque, and Milford Sound itself.

Milford Track Walk

flickr image by OneEighteen

There are huts to stay along the route, which are basic but provide adequate shelter. You will need to bring your own food and bedding as these are not provided in the huts.

Date posted: 20th September, 2017

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