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Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour provided by Trips & Tramps

Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour

Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour
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Tour snapshot
Guided hike along part of the Milford Track
Duration:
5h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
The Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular hiking trails, running for 33 miles (53 kilometers) through the Fiordland National Park. On this tour, discover some of the most scenic sections of the trail on a guided day hike. Cruise across Milford Sound to reach the starting point, hike through glacial valleys and towering cliffs, and enjoy stunning views of natural wonders such as Giant's Gate waterfall, Lake Ada, and the Arthur River.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Magnificent views as you cruise across Milford Sound
  • Walk the swing bridge looking out over Giant's Gate waterfall
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Magnificent views as you cruise across Milford Sound
  • Walk the swing bridge looking out over Giant's Gate waterfall
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 10245P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hot drink + snack
  • Return water taxi
  • Rain jackets available, but must be organised the day prior if required.
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals + water
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand Milford Sound is a 2 hour drive from Te Anau, plus allow 30 minutes for parking, so leave no later than 6.00 am if you are staying here the night prior. Check in at the Mitre Peak Cruise desk no later than 8.30 am.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Recommended minimum age is 8 years
  • The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trip. We recommend a moderate amount of fitness - distance walked is 11km/6 miles return.
  • Track is well maintained however can be uneven and rocky in places, this is not suitable for wheelchairs or those who have difficulty with walking.
  • Operates in all weather conditions (including rain) unless the operator deems it to be unsafe. Please carry a good, waterproof rain jacket, drinking water, any medication that you may require and wear practical, sturdy shoes for walking in (heels, slip on shoes, jandals/flip flops/thongs are not suitable). Do not wear jeans as they become cold and heavy when wet. The operator can provide a good rain coat, please contact them in advance to have this arranged.
  • The operator may refuse participation if clients are not dressed suitably.
  • Have a change of clothes and footwear for after the walk incase it is a wet day.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hot drink + snack
  • Return water taxi
  • Rain jackets available, but must be organised the day prior if required.
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals + water
Departure details
  • Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand Milford Sound is a 2 hour drive from Te Anau, plus allow 30 minutes for parking, so leave no later than 6.00 am if you are staying here the night prior. Check in at the Mitre Peak Cruise desk no later than 8.30 am.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Recommended minimum age is 8 years
  • The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trip. We recommend a moderate amount of fitness - distance walked is 11km/6 miles return.
  • Track is well maintained however can be uneven and rocky in places, this is not suitable for wheelchairs or those who have difficulty with walking.
  • Operates in all weather conditions (including rain) unless the operator deems it to be unsafe. Please carry a good, waterproof rain jacket, drinking water, any medication that you may require and wear practical, sturdy shoes for walking in (heels, slip on shoes, jandals/flip flops/thongs are not suitable). Do not wear jeans as they become cold and heavy when wet. The operator can provide a good rain coat, please contact them in advance to have this arranged.
  • The operator may refuse participation if clients are not dressed suitably.
  • Have a change of clothes and footwear for after the walk incase it is a wet day.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Stephen & Sue
Canberra, Australia2,052 contributions
This was simply a wonderful day out experiencing this amazing part of New Zealand.
It's a great way to get a taste of the world famous Milford Track, without having to walk for three days, climb mountains or camp.
There's a short cruise across the Sound and up one tributary to the very end of the track, then a walk for just under 2 hours to the Giant Gate Waterfall for a hot drink, then you turn around and head back.
There are sensational views, especially on the short cruise, and the waterfall is a spectacular end. Along the entre route guides stop to explain the hstory of the track and point out trees, plant and birds.
Each group is around a dozen people, and ours ranged from an elderly woman, to a young couple who had booked this after missing out on getting a spot on the full track. The guide made sure the trip kept pace with everyone, but also got us back to the us in time to ensure those taking the additional cruise were not late.
This was the only guided walk we did in NZ, as it was the only one we could see no way to do without some form of transport but it was well worth it.
As you are walking from the end of the track, you don't meet any other hikers until close to the turnaround point, and even then, in peak season, we only crossed paths with a few other people the entire walk.
We drove to MIlford Sound from Te Anau and met the guide at the visitor terminal - it was a little chaotic as they rounded up people from various groups amidst crowds arriving and departing on dozens of cruises and tours. Some signage or specific pick up point would have made this easier as this termianl is huge.
(Warning note - this terminal bizarrely has no cafe, just toilets, and 2 vending machines, so, don't spend any more time here than you have to. If you need food or coffee stop at the main cafe on your way, or bring your own).
Also, if driving yourself be aware new parking rules mean unless you want to spend a fortune, you'll need to stop at the long stay park, which is about 20 minutes walk or wait for the shuttle which doesn't start until 8am.
Even the expensive paid parking is still a good 10 minutes walk from the terminal.
Written 27 January 2020
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Katiepai
Thank you for your honest review, yes travel to Milford Sound comes with a number of challenges with no communication and limited parking. But on the Milford Track it is a world of it's own, and few people too. Which at the end of the day is magical!
Written 1 February 2020
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Cyndi
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Solo
Highlight was the water taxi ride from Milford Sound to Sandfly Point that only took 5-7 mins. The cruise was as expected with stunning views of the Sounds. The tracks are mainly flat and easy, no need for hiking poles. The end of the hike was at Giant Gates Falls. We returned on the same tracks we came from back to Sandfly Point to catch the water taxi again and took us back to Milford Sound visitor centre. I took this splendid guided tour courtesy of @tripsandtramps. Trips and Tramps are tour operators based in Te Anau and have an amazing fleet of local guides who are rich in local knowledge and history of Fiordland and surrounding areas. I highly recommend these guys.
Written 20 February 2022
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Katiepai
Thanks so much and wonderful to hear you really enjoyed your day on the Milford Track with us. It is a special place and the Giant Gate Waterfall is a beautiful sight. Our guides know their stuff and love sharing the area.
Written 21 February 2022
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Andrea
San Francisco, CA49 contributions
I took my three kids (age 14, 11 and 11) on the combo trip with Trips & Tramps. First we walked on the Milford Track and then we did the cruise on the Milford Sound with Real Journeys. Overall it was a good day. It was nice not to drive - be sure to bring motion sickness pills if that is an issue for you! We enjoyed the hike. It was pretty easy and thankfully the rain stopped just in time. The only problem was the sandflies - ugh! They are everywhere in this part of New Zealand. It poured on the boat ride and we could see very little, but oh well. Our only issue was that the guide was fairly boring. There was a lot of information conveyed but not in an interesting way. No jokes or humor!
Written 15 February 2020
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Katiepai
Thanks for your review. We pleased to hear you had a good day with us and enjoy both the Milford Track and boat cruise on the Sound. Those sandflies sure do get under your skin! We employ a lot of different guides with different attributes and this means some guides appeal more to some people, while they don't to others. Take care, stay safe and healthy!
Written 2 April 2020
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JakeGedal
Boston, MA5 contributions
We had a tree down on the road on our way to Milford sound so did not get to do the hike. There is no cell service between Te Anau and Milford sounds so we couldn’t contact them for two days. When we got back to town I had an email saying they heard about the tree issue and that we would be getting a refund, no questions asked.

Really appreciate it! Thanks!
Written 31 January 2020
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Katiepai
Glad we were easy to deal with, even if we didn't get to host you. Fiordland is a wild and unpredictable place so sometimes you just have to roll with it all! Maybe we can take you for a walk another time.
Written 1 February 2020
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Vacation225058
13 contributions
Couples
Fabulous walk in beautiful scenery. Neil is so knowledgeable and helpful. Wonderful guide.
All that you need is a good pair of boots
Written 8 January 2020
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Yes the Milford Track guided walk (from the Milford Sound end) has some spectacular scenery amongst the lush forest! Thanks for you review. I’ll be sure to let Neil know his guiding was awesome!
Written 9 January 2020
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Ellice L
Charlotte, NC14 contributions
Couples
What a delightful guide Douglas was. His knowledge and passion made this hiking tour truly exciting and memorable. Becs, our guide on the Kepler trek was outstanding. Her patience, gentle encouragement and guidance helped me through, what was for me, a very difficult challenge. I highly recommend Trips and Tramps for their excellent service and guides. Ellice L
Written 26 April 2018
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Hi, thanks so much for your review. We aim to give excellent service and our guides are a big part of that. We are all hikers and travellers ourselves so we know what it's like to be on holiday and to also find yourself on a tour that is a little challenging or outside your comfort zone - we have great empathy for that! Safe travels. Madeleine
Written 2 May 2018
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Anthony W
11 contributions
Our guide was Neil and he was very informative and polite. We had a lovely day and would recommend the company to others.
Written 16 March 2018
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Hi Anthony, thanks for your review. Neil is a wonderful guide, we are lucky to have lots of great staff. Madeleine
Written 22 March 2018
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WanderLust Mike
Los Angeles, CA633 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed a day hike along the Milford Track to Giant's Gate Falls with our guide Mark.

It's a great way to get up close and personal with Milford Sound and we'd highly recommend it. It can be wet and muddy, so bring a good pair of hiking shoes or boots. Rainproof clothing is also advisable.

You'll meet your guide and the Milford Sound Visitors Center, unless you made prior arrangements for them to pick you up in Te Anau, which we did. This helped us avoid the long, winding road, and gave us the opportunity to chat more with our guide. We'd highly recommend it.
Written 24 February 2018
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Hi, glad you had such a good day even in the rain! You make a good comment about bringing good shoes and wet weather gear. Milford Sound can get over 9m of rain a year so we often experience rainy days - makes for fabulous waterfalls and a lush vibrant (rain)forest. You made a good call taking our transport option - the road is quite different to other roads in NZ. Thanks for your review. Kind Regards Madeleine
Written 8 March 2018
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Georgina K
1 contribution
Steve and mark were our tour guides. It was great to hear Steve’s knowledge of the surroundings on this walk. It was a good amount of time to get a taste of what a 4 day walk is sort of like. We are glad we selected this option as the other longer walks would have been too much for my 12 and 14 yr old. Not to mention me too.
Written 26 January 2018
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Thank you for your review of the Milford Track and its great to know it was a good level for your family, including the children. Yes the 11 km is a nice length - you know you have gone for a good walk but it isn't too much. Wonderful to hear you loved it and the guides Mark and Stephen added to your experience.
Written 2 February 2018
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Gus M
Sydney, Australia30 contributions
Couples
My wife & I just completed 4 day hikes with Trips & Tramps. This company is terrific. Our guides - Yvette, Douglas, Neil & Jeff - were exceptional. They had the relaxed Kiwi character but were knowledgeable & professional at all times. The company exceeded our expectations in all areas. If your are heading to the Fiordland National Park in NZ we recommend you try this great little company.
Written 9 January 2018
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Thanks Gus for your review, so glad you enjoyed your guided walks with us!
Written 9 January 2018
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