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Milford Track Transport Package (Off-Season)

Milford Sound Off Season Total Transport Package

We DO NOT operate transport to the Milford Track during the Great Walks Season.

Only $190pp for the 'Off-Season Transport Package'

Click here to ENQUIRE about Milford Track 'Off-Season Transport'

NOTE - Before submitting a booking please e-mail an enquiry or Phone (+64 3 249 8005) to check if weather, track & avalanche conditions allow the track to be started on your planned departure date.

Let us arrange your OFF-SEASON Milford Track Transport with our “Total Transport Package”.

The Off-Season (outside the Great Walks Season) is from the 1st May to late October (start of Great Walks Season).
Best time to walk the Milford Track during the off-season is in May before the snow arrives, and late September/October just before the track reopens for the Great Walks Season
Our Transport Package operates from the 1st May subject to weather and track conditions, and minimum numbers.
The Milford Track is one of the most highly-rated walks in New Zealand and is built and maintained to a very high standard by the Department of Conservation.

The Track commences from the head of Lake Te Anau, finishing in Milford Sound, and totals 54 kms of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the country.

With our Total Transport Package we will pick you up at 7.45am by bus, from your Te Anau accommodation and take you to Te Anau Downs to start the leisurely cruise aboard Carousel to the Glade Wharf, where the Milford Track starts, arriving at 11am.
Cruising from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf allows you time to take in the magnificent scenery that equals Doubful Sound and Milford Sound without the crowds.
Our larger vessel (14m) allows you to relax inside with a complimentary tea or coffee, or move around on the outside decks to soak in the vista before commencing the Great Milford Track.
The walk to the Clinton Hut (1st Hut) is approximatlely 1.5 hours (5km).
If you are fit there is the option to walk to the Mintaro Hut (2nd Hut), this is approximately an 8 hour walk (22km) from the Glade Wharf.

On completion of your walk you wil be meet at Sandfly Point by our partners, Milford Sound Sea Kayaks, who will take you by boat to Milford, then in their bus/van for the return trip to Te Anau via the World famous Milford Road, arriving in Te Anau at approximately 5-30pm.

Total Transport Package
$190 per person (please confirm current price when booking).

Mitre Peak

Important Information

DoC Hut Fees apply and are additional to our Total Transport Package cost - Hut fees are $15 per person per night (hut tickets available at DoC Centres).
Intention Forms must be completed before departure and signed off on return.

Personal Locator Beacons or Mountain Radios must be carried by each indivdual group, these are available for hire in Te Anau.

You are responsible for your own safety. Please ensure your group is well equipped and carrying the correct equipment for your journey. 'Cruise Te Anau' reserves the right not to transport poorly equipped individuals or groups.  All departures are subject to lake, weather & track conditions.

Cancellation Policy

  • More than 48 hours before booked departure time - 10% booking/administration fee will be charged.
  • 48 hours to 24 hours before booked departure time - 50% cancellation fee will be charged.
  • Less than 24 hours before booked departure time & No Show at time of departure - 100% will be charged.


If the Department of Conservation in Te Anau deem the track unsuitable due to extreme weather or avalanche danger and/or Cruise Te Anau cancel departures due to extreme weather or avalanche danger, either a full 100% refund (conditional on contacting Cruise Te Anau before submitting a booking) will apply or, if suitable to you, we will change your departure date.
If you have not contacted Cruise Te Anau before submitting a booking then a 10% booking/administration fee will apply.


If the track becomes impassable after you have started walking, Cruise Te Anau and their partners reserve the right to use any remaining portion of Total Transport Package fare towards the cost of transport to safety, clients maybe liable for extra transport expenses.

Click here to ENQUIRE about Milford Track 'Off-Season Transport'

Click here to BOOK your Milford Track 'Off-Season Transport'

NOTE - Before submitting a booking please e-mail an enquiry or Phone (+64 3 249 8005) to check if weather, track & avalanche conditions allow the track to be started on your planned departure date.

Taken from Wikipedia

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, withinFiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey,[1] and is acclaimed as New Zealand's own most famous tourist destination.[2] Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.[3]


Milford Sound is named after Milford Haven in Wales, while the Cleddau River which flows into the sound is also named for its Welsh namesake. The Māori named the sound Piopiotahi after the thrush-like piopio bird, now extinct. Piopiotahi means "a single piopio", harking back to the legend of Māuitrying to win immortality for mankind - when Maui died in the attempt, a piopio was said to have flown here in mourning.


Milford Sound runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 metres or more on either side. Among the peaks are The Elephant at 1,517 m (4,977 ft), said to resemble an elephant's head,[5] and Lion Mountain, 1,302 m (4,271 ft), in the shape of a crouching lion.[6] Lush rain forests cling precariously to these cliffs, while sealspenguins, anddolphins frequent the waters.


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