Distance – 53km, plan a 4 day walk and book the huts.
How do I get There – during the hiking season Oct to April, there is regular bus and boat transport to Glade Wharf from Te Anau which must be booked.
How do I get Back – The track finishes at Sandfly point which is a 20 minute boat trip from Milford Sound where you can take a bus back to Te Anau and Queenstown.
This walk can only be done in one direction. The track is well marked and signposted, but some sections are steep and rough and the track may be muddy and slippery. It can be a challenging walk especially if the weather is harsh which can happen anytime of the year.
The huts for independent walkers have basic facilities, which include bunk areas, mattresses, restrooms, running water and cooking facilities; walkers have to carry their own equipment and food.
The 53.5 km hike starts at Glade Wharf at the head of Lake Te Anau and finishes in Milford Sound at Sandfly Point. Trampers require boat transport to the start of the track from Te Anau Downs to Glade House and at the other end they must take a boat from Sandfly Point to Milford Sound.
The walk itself is well known for being spectacular and traverses rainforests, wetlands, and the alpine Mackinnons pass which sits stride valleys carved by glaciers and exceptional views of Lake Mintaro and the Clinton Canyon along the way. Sutherland falls are well worth the side trip with water thundering over the 580m drop. The final boat trip gives you views of the world famous Milford Sound.