Travel to and from the Milford Track usually requires road transport and boat access at both ends of the track.
You can only walk the Milford Track in one direction, and the below transport options are for the summer Great Walks season only.
The track starts at Glade Wharf at the head of Lake Te Anau. There are three scheduled daily boat services (10.30am, 1pm & 2pm) and on-demand water taxi services from Te Anau Downs. Boat transport takes from 1 to 1 1/2 hours from Te Anau Downs to the start of the track.
Te Anau Downs is 27 km from Te Anau on the road to Milford Sound. It has a car parking area if you wish to leave your vehicle. Bus services run daily scheduled services from Te Anau to meet the boat at Te Anau Downs.
For experienced trampers, there is tramping access to the start of the track from the Eglinton Valley via the Dore Pass Route.
The Milford Track finishes at Sandfly Point (a 15min boat trip from Milford Sound village).
At the end of your adventure, there are daily bus services from Milford Sound to:
- The Divide - start of Routeburn Track (38 km - 45 min)
- Te Anau Downs (93 km - 2 hr)
- Te Anau (120 km - 2.5 hr)
- Queenstown - (297 km - 5 hr)
You'll be given options to book the above connecting transport online, at the same time as you book your hut tickets. You can also organise transport directly with the operators below.