The Milford track is one of the most wanted tracks in New Zealand. In order to get the privilege to walk this track, you need to book huts for the nights you stay at the track. Unlike other tracks, it has a one way structured course of 4 days (3 nights). The huts must be booked in the following order:
- Clinton Hut (1st night)
- Mintaro Hut (2nd night)
- Dumpling Hut (3rd night)
The Milford Track starts just outside of the town of Te Anau Downs at Glade Wharf (point A) and ends at Sandfly Point on the edge of Milford Sound (point E). In order to get to the starting point of the track you can take a boat from Te Anau Downs, or use your car if possible. If you choose to take a boat you have to make a reservation in advance at the DOC website.
Another alternative is reaching the start of the track via Dore Pass Route. Note, this is a challenging route for experienced hikers only. Same as the starting point, you should also book a boat from Sandfly Point at the end of the course to the Milford Sound village. Since the last day is a long one, it is recommended to book as late as you can.