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Review of Milford Track

Milford Track
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Milford Sound Walking Tour with Round-Trip Scenic Flight from Queenstown
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Owner description: Great Walks season is October - April. Outside this period facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional safety hazards to consider. Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip. See website for the price of accommodation on this track.
Reviewed February 1, 2013

I could just write a long list of superlatives, but I have a limited vocabulary so I wouldn't do the Milford Track justice.
The same could be said about photographs.
If you have ever thought of going hiking/tramping/bushwalking, this is the place to do it.
The only risk in doing this walk first - others will struggle to compete.
It is everything the brochures, guide books, etc. make it out to be.
I have done walks in several places around the world, and this is the best so far.
You just have to do it!

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Milford track is sometimes called "The finest walk in the world", and our family would have a hard time disagreeing. Make sure to book about a year in advance, because it is always sold out. The hike was beautiful, and everywhere you turn you see something amazing. It is a four day walk, independent or guided, our family did independent, which is much cheaper, and you get more of the real hiking experience. You take a boat to the starting point, and the first day is short for independent, a little more than three miles. You stay in huts each night, and carry your own food, which you can cook on the gas stoves at the huts. Day two is about 10 miles, over flat ground. It was at the hut on day two that we saw the first Kea, which is a bird, similar in looks to a parrot. They will eat anything, so we had to hang our boots and not leave clothes to dry without supervision. Day three was around 10 miles over the pass and back down. This is the hardest day. The last day was 11 miles, but was completely flat. You then take a boat through the sound, and take a bus back. Each hiking group has about 40 people, and another great thing is that you meet a lot of interesting new people. We definitely recommend doing this hike.

4  Thank Motorola27
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Walking independently n the Milford Track is a great way to experience the area. There is so much to see with fantastic scenery and lots of birds.we swam every day in the crystal clear waters - a little cold but worth it.

The huts provided are all good with flush toilets and cooking facilities. The huts also have DOC rangers who have a lot of knowledge about the areas around the hut. Be prepared for all weathers as it can be very changeable and at some point you will get wet as it does rain a lot. We had to wade thorough waist high water off the boat but when we arrived but then in Milford Sound it was clear blue sky. . The track is well formed and easily walked. We walked with people aged from 7 to 80. For those NZers under 18 the huts are free .

2  Thank Brent T
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Hi folks. I'm a spanish girl who has just done milford track in the latest december. It's the most beautiful trail i've ever done. It's the pure essence of the nature. We're lucky, during the track only rained 2 days. I still remember the sights of waterfalls running down, while i was cooking in dumpling hut. I enjoyed very much, in spite of sandflies (don't forget repellent). People we met was very nice, michael, the group of dunedin, matias & his girlfriend. I hope to return some day and stay a longer time & explore these lands so green, so wild, so faraway. Thanks new zealand. Lourdes Mencia

3  Thank lurdis
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We started our hike on New Year's Eve - just in time for epic rain. 18 inches of rain in 24 hours! Ultimate Hikes took good care of us. The entire track was closed New Year's Day 2013, as was the road out of Milford Sound (due to snow!!), but the company chartered helicopters and moved all hikers from one lodge to the next (or past the closed road) with minimal fuss. So, 10 fewer miles to hike (Glade House to Pompolona Lodge), but a free helicopter ride! More rain and lots of waterfalls the next day, and intermittent rain the next 2. The 4 guides took special care the next day as they moved us past the remaining hazards, requiring us to stay mostly together until the path ahead was clear. Slowing the pace and walking as a pack was frustrating for the faster hikers who were chomping at the bit to hike after a day of forced inactivity, and being pushed to keep up was no fun for the slower hikers among us (that would be me), but with 51 hikers and only 4 guides we all understood the necessity of keeping together past what had become slightly hazardous sections. The Ultimate Hikes' website gives a clear description of the trail and lodges and a helpful list of what to pack. The only items I would add are (1) a WATERPROOF camera or camera bag - even if you are hiking in the summer (our iphone camera was not up to the task!), and (2) special blister bandages - l-o-n-g sections of the trail are rocky with tangled tree roots over the trail and your toes are going to take a pounding. Even the best boots may leave you with blistered toes. And buy and use the foot fleece that is available in their Queenstown headquarters and elsewhere in NZ, it really helps. Others reviewer on this site give good descriptions of the hike and the amenities - good facilities, good food, and good service. We wanted a once in a lifetime experience, and we certainly got that! We all had a fabulous time. (56 year old mom & dad with 3 20-something kids.) Don't be afraid of the rain - test your rain gear before you come and go for it!

6  Thank CaliforniaGoGirl
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