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Milford Track Water Taxi Transport
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Milford Track Water Taxi Transport

By Fiordland Outdoors
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Ages 0-99, max of 14 per group
Duration: 50m
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  • One-way private transfer
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
What's not included
  • N/A


Start:
  • Te Anau Downs, New Zealand
    Blue Fiordland Water Taxi
End:
  • Milford Track Trailhead (Sandfly Point), Southland 9679, New Zealand

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7929P10

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Milford Track Water Taxi Transport?
Milford Track Water Taxi Transport price starts from $92.91. Discover and book Milford Track Water Taxi Transport on Tripadvisor
What is the Milford Track Water Taxi Transport cancellation policy?
Milford Track Water Taxi Transport cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Milford Track Water Taxi Transport on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Milford Track Water Taxi Transport?
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On average, this experience will take approximately 50m. Discover and book Milford Track Water Taxi Transport on Tripadvisor

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  • Fiordland Outdoors
    252
    Te Anau, New Zealand
    Joined in February 2013
  • Explore31646697475
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    Excellent service
    Very friendly and cool staff. Great company for that job. The planning was on point. Absolutely recommend this company. 😊
    Written February 17, 2024
  • Erin H
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    Excellent as advertised
    Excellent company! Brilliant communication and very friendly staff. Everything was done as advertised. We used this company to get to Milford Track and back.
    Written November 5, 2023
  • GinzaLad
    0 contributions
    Fantastic!
    Great service and friendly! Extremely communicative and flexible. Hope to use their services again. Thank you!
    Written August 12, 2023
  • fantailtrails
    0 contributions
    Excellent friendly service
    Very punctual. Great service. Staff very friendly and informative, giving great local knowledge and trip advice. Easy to book online. Would definitely use again.
    Written April 15, 2023
  • Bannon123
    0 contributions
    Fantastic tour to Milford Sound
    Fantastic memorable tour to Milford Sound. The Guide was very knowledgeable of the area and Milford Sound boat tour was stunning, the tour included a pack lunch and visits to waterfalls and lakes, we were lucky to see a White Heron near Milford Sound as well as seals while on the boat tour. We would highly recommend trips and tramps for a day tour to Milford Sound and we’ll organised trip with pickups from out accommodation in Te Anau.
    Written March 25, 2023
  • Alex_n_Ros
    0 contributions
    Superb Experience
    Three of us had an amazing tramp through from Hankinson to George Sound, such an awesome place. It was tough as warned, but the scenery and isolation was bliss. The dense bush was most beautiful (but at times brutal walking through), and the wild life amazing, think we saw the lot (Deer, Weka, Morepork, numerous robins, tomtits, fantails, dolphins ...). We even spotted a black fantail which I understand are quite rare. We arranged all water and helicopter transport through Fiordland Outdoors. Highly recommend doing it all through them as it pays off in logistical movements of vehicles and when things change as they did with weather. They are also so helpful, accommodated some tricky timing and their communication is superb.
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Stephen S
    0 contributions
    The perfect Southland day out.
    If you’ve not got the time, the energy or the interest in a three day hike carrying all your gear, this is the perfect way to experience a superb section of the Kepler Track. The water taxi leaves from the centre of town, then drops you right in the middle of a superb pierce of the Kepler Track with ferns, forest and streams, just metres back from the lake. You can then do a short walk and catch another boat back an hour later, or, walk to the Control Gates (about 90 minutes) and then either walk back to town or organise a bus or taxi, or keep walking, as we did, on to Rainbow Reach where a bus will collect you. The section to the Control Gates is flat and wide and anyone can walk it, and even the section beyond here to Rainbow Reach has minimal elevation. We’ve done this twice now and it’s a cheap, and wonderful day out.
    Written February 24, 2023
  • Jane M
    0 contributions
    Awesome transport company!
    Had a great experience taking the Kepler water taxi to start our 4 day Kepler tramp. The water taxi was on time and the staff member was super friendly. Would recommend this to anyway day walking or doing the full Kepler track!
    Written February 17, 2023
  • MJackson1972
    0 contributions
    Great service for the Kepler water taxi
    We had a great experience with Fiordland Outdoor Co. We booked the Kepler water taxi with them, to save a bit of hiking time for our kids. It worked out great. They even delivered our tent to us two days later, so that we could camp at Brod Bay after two nights at Luxmore alpine hut, then picked us up from Brod Bay the following morning. Doing it this way, we didn't have to carry our tent to the hut and back down.
    Written January 17, 2023
  • Kaleavos
    0 contributions
    Amazing experience!
    We did the 'pure wilderness' experience with the jet boat. The walk in the forest was very short (10 minutes) but the boattrip was amazing! We were on the water for more than 2 hours. Big thanks tot Lex and Abby for this wonderful experience!
    Written January 14, 2023
  • laura_and_andrew
    0 contributions
    Reliable water taxi, friendly skipper: The boat cuts hours off the hike!
    The Kepler Water Taxi service is operated by Fiordland Outdoors, a small family-run company. The boat sets off only if there are more than two people who want to go across the lake so we recommend that you book ahead (even that same morning is fine) so that they know if anyone is going to show up. The boat is a small blue-and-white vessel that ties up a few meters north of the Real NZ (Glow worms) dock. A one-way ride from Te Anau across to Brod Bay is NZD 25 per adult. Pay when you get on the boat, either in cash or using a credit card. We were coming back that afternoon so paid for the round-trip ticket which costs NZD 50. Mike, the skipper, is great. He is very laid back, professional, super friendly, and an interesting person who genuinely wants you to have an enjoyable day. He is full of fascinating knowledge about the area and on our crossing we chatted about local preservation and conservation efforts. He even kindly switched the electronic map over to the echo-sounder display so that we could see changes in the lake depth. The ride across the lake is really fun and takes only about ten minutes. You get dropped off on the beach at the Brod Bay camping area, where there are toilets. If you are doing the Brod Bay to Luxmore Hut walking track as a day hike (which is spectacular and highly recommended!), make sure to keep an eye on the time - Mike comes back to the Broad Bay beach at exactly 4:30pm for the return trip to Te Anau. Do not be late otherwise you will miss the boat and must walk for 3 hours all the way around the lake to get back to town! Before backing away from the beach on our return trip, Mike made sure that there were no stragglers appearing at the water's edge. And, even as we set off across the lake, he kept looking over his shoulder to scan the beach for possible late-comers. That kind of thoughtfulness is really appreciated. Overall, the Kepler Water Taxi is a great way to start and end the Brod Bay to Luxmore Hut walk. Lastly, on Tripadvisor, there seem to be two parallel sets of reviews for the same water taxi service: one for "Kepler Track Water Taxi" and a separate one for "Kepler Water Taxi", but with different reviews in each. That's really confusing and we recommend that the company owner works with Tripadvisor to consolidate the two entries.
    Written December 17, 2022
  • SERUs
    0 contributions
    Made a wonderful hike possible
    A highlight of the week in Aotearoa New Zealand was day hiking up to the Luxmore Hut and back. Kepler Water Taxi and Fiordland Outdoors made it possible. They helped me plan beforehand and the service was great. Thank you!
    Written November 23, 2022
  • 628kirstil
    0 contributions
    Transfers a breeze
    Organised transfers to and from the Routeburn with 14 year old. Absolutely trouble free. Great service. Good information. Comfortable traveling.
    Written November 17, 2022
  • fionahun
    0 contributions
    Great trip
    Great boat, knowledgeable guide. Departed on time and there at the jetty waiting for us on our return. Highly recommended.
    Written November 6, 2022
  • Michaela_Jewson
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    Great afternoon spent on the iconic Milford Track
    We spent the night at the Milford Sound Lodge and decided to book the Milford Track Day Walk for the next morning. We enjoyed a lie-in at the lodge, caught the 11:30 am water taxi, and were ready and waiting for our pick-up at 2:30 pm. It was an incredible opportunity to see some of the iconic Milford Track without committing to a multi-day hike. It wasn't too strenuous at all and offered some incredible viewpoints and highlights. We loved stopping at Giant Gate Falls for a snack before making our way back.
    Written October 31, 2022
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Marchee
Nelson, New Zealand7 contributions
Nov 2021
We booked with Fiordland Outdoors as we wanted to support a small, local company for our Milford Track transfers.
The staff and vehicles were great. The weather conditions made the boat ride a bit bumpy but the skipper was good and the boat was the first to arrive at the start of the track. We were happy to see the boat at the end of the track at the boat jetty. Our boat driver radioed the bus driver so we did not have to wait around and we had time to refuel with some food and drink at the cafe before we headed back to our car at Te Anau. Thanks Fiordland Outdoors!
Written December 2, 2021
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Thank you for your review and for supporting us. It's been an incredible opportunity these last few years to connect fully with Kiwis and we have just loved it:) Thanks again.
Written December 2, 2021
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kiwiphototraveler
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
This company goes above and beyond for their customers and were very helpful. Would not hesitate to recommend or use them again.

Arriving a bit early at the start meant once the first boat was full we could get a head start on the track which was awesome. The boat driver was very friendly and gave us lots of information about the area.

The return trip from the track was just as easy and convenient as the boat runs continuously from 2-4:30pm so no need to rush on the final day of the track, with plenty to see more time on the track is always good. Combine with car relocation for the ultimate easy exit from the Milford Track.

Thank you very much Fiordland Outdoors Co.
Written December 29, 2021
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Thank you so much for your review. We do all we can to make sure our customers transport to/from the track is fast and stress free, leaving more time to enjoy the fabulous Milford Track. Hopefully we can see you again on another future adventure!
Written April 1, 2022
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Emma W
2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Outstanding service from Fiordland Outdoors & Contractor/partners Cheeky Kiwi. When fog shut Wellington airport down & left one of our group unable to get to Queenstown, Fiordland Outdoors was the only operator who went above & beyond to try & help…ringing other stuck travellers in Wgtn to try combine efforts, suggesting ideas, arranging a late taxi in case a flight came through…just outstanding service. And when it was finally deemed impossible for her to get to QT, they refunded in full. All other parts of the chain (hotels, DOC) said “bad luck, no refund” & offered no assistance.
And then there’s driver Kreyg whose geological/environmental AND trekking knowledge of the area was super interesting. The lovely boat taxi drivers, the swift boat trip back after reaching the end of trail….while everyone else waited for their big boat taxi at Sandfly Point, we were whisked back to shore & then a quick van ride lined up to take us to Milford Sound lodge for well earned cold beers while we waited for our shuttle back to QT. Absolutely recommend this operator & their partners 100%!
Written April 19, 2022
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. While unforeseen spanners can occasionally be thrown in the works, we try our best to make sure we can do all we can in getting our customers onto the track. I am so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. Thanks again.
Written April 25, 2022
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Anna23Rotorua
Rotorua, New Zealand90 contributions
Dec 2020
Booked our groups Milford Tramp including water taxi, bus and shuttle transfers, Milford Lodge stay and Milford Sounds boat trip through Fiordland Outdoors. Couldn't recommend them them highly enough. They went above and beyond with Christine even picking our bags up from our accommodation in Te Anau to transfer to Milford Sounds Lodge, waiting for us at the end of our walk. PS. A stay at Milford Lodge (managed by Fiordland Outdoors) is a must!
Written December 18, 2020
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Kooleah
New Zealand8 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We’ve used Fiordland outdoors twice in a row now. Last year was going at start of kepler track and just recently we did the milford track. Mark is very passionate with his work and ensures that all passengers gets into their destination safely. Also Christine is very easy to communicate with, explains the what & where with parking when starting the tracks. Would definitely arrange transportation with them again in the future! 😊
Written February 11, 2022
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Thank you so much for your review and your returning support, this means a lot to us. Hopefully see you again for round three :)
Written April 2, 2022
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Karyn P
Auckland Central, New Zealand73 contributions
Apr 2022
A truely professional company. Due to weather warnings and heavy rain we decided to cancel our booking - to complete the Milford track One day walk. This was professionally sorted and a refund was returning quickly to our account. The gentleman we spoke with went out of his way to offer us alternatives and helped us at all times with a positive manner. Fantastic company to work with. We will be back in the new walking season and will rebook without hesitation.
Written April 26, 2022
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Thank you Karyn, we appreciate the positive review and look forward to getting you onto the Milford Track next season!
Written April 28, 2022
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Suzanne B
Dunedin, New Zealand36 contributions
Nov 2021
It was quite nice to be the first boat to arrive at the start of the track. The boat was also rather fast which was a bit of fun!

The staff on both the boat rides and the bus trip back to Te Anau Downs were efficient and helpful.

I also felt much better about spending my money with a smaller, family owned business.
Written December 2, 2021
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Thank you for choosing to support our business, we really appreciate it. Great to hear you enjoyed our fast boat and service.
Written April 1, 2022
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mmm
8 contributions
Nov 2021
We were so lucky to be among the few trampers not booked with Real Journeys. The team of Fiordland Outdoors not only treated us very nicely, we also got there faster, and found out so much more about what's really going on in Fiordland right now. Thanks for all the valuable information, and your hospitality. Small, family-owned operators such as yourself are what keep Aotearoa tourism world-class, not the enterprise, mass offerings with which Real Journeys (who have received enough support from the government to blow on a rebrand to RealNZ in these times) try to swamp out the competition. Kia kaha, and till next time, any time!
Written November 30, 2021
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Thank you for leaving a review. We are proud to be a small family operated business and we have been so humbled by the support from our fellow kiwis over the last few years. Trust you had a fabulous time on the Milford Track and would love to see you again for another adventure soon:) Nga mihi.
Written December 1, 2021
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Tim H
Anchorage5 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Incredible service! Our boat driver was super friendly, and he even made a call to get the shuttle bus to the Milford Sound visitor center to make a special trip to the boat dock just for us. You can pay more for less personal service, but why would you?
Written March 23, 2023
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We do have a pretty special team & love helping our customers :) thank you for your review
Written April 24, 2023
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Rudi S
2 contributions
Mar 2022
My father and I took the Fiordland Outdoor Co's water taxis at both ends of the Milford, plus the Kepler Water Taxi for a day walk. All of their pilots were highly professional, helpful and personable. Will definitely use again and highly recommend for others. Looking forward to coming back down again and going to some of the other spots on Lake Te Anau.
Written May 1, 2022
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Thank you for your review. We are so glad you had the chance to experience both Kepler and Milford Tracks. Hopefully see you back again soon!
Written May 1, 2022
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