Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour - Queenstown

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    08:45 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience a morning guided walk to Giants Gate on the world famous Milford Track. From Milford Sound the track is accessed by water taxi and follows the mighty Arthur River through lush, temperate rainforest to Giants Gate, a most photographed and spectacular waterfall. This walk is suitable for all skill levels but you will require some fitness to cover the 11 km.


  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Milford Sound, Te anau, Fiordland national park, Southland Region, South Island

Milford Sound, situated on the west coast of the South Island, is a world-renowned natural wonder with towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and amazing wildlife.

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Trips & Tramps, Te Anau, Fiordland national park, Southland Region, South Island

Explore Milford Sound and Fiordland Great walks with the locals. Trips & Tramps offer small group trips with knowledgable, friendly guides. With 30 years experience guiding small groups in Fiordland, they are the best way to travel during your visit.

Duration: 10 hours

Stop At: Milford Track, Fiordland national park, Southland Region, South Island

Experience 'the finest walk in the world' as you retrace the steps of early explorers on the world-renowed Milford Track. Take a journey along valleys carved by glaciers, wander through ancient rainforests and admire cascading waterfalls.

Duration: 10 hours

Stop At: Fiordland national park (Te Wahipounamu), Te Anau, Fiordland national park, Southland Region, South Island

Fiordland national park (established in 1952) has spectacular ice-carved fiords, lakes and valleys, rugged granite tops and pristine mountain to sea vistas.

Duration: 10 hours


Professional guide

Hot drink + snack

Return water taxi

Rain jackets available, but must be organised the day prior if required.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meals + water

Additional Info

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 travelers with back problems

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

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  • 03-Dec-2022

    Helen (our guide) was very knowledgable about the Milford area and we learnt a lot about the flora and fauna in Milford sound, the hike was leisurely and serene. Would recommend

  • 20-Feb-2022

    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.

  • 15-Feb-2020

    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!

  • 31-Jan-2020

    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!

  • 27-Jan-2020

    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.

  • 08-Jan-2020

    Fabulous walk in beautiful scenery. Neil is so knowledgeable and helpful. Wonderful guide. All that you need is a good pair of boots

  • 14-Dec-2019

    雨が一週間続いていた為、水量が多く色んな 場所から流れてくる滝が見られた。植物や歴 史についてガイドさんが色々と話をしてくれ たり、温かい飲み物とおやつを用意してくれ ていて、とても楽しい時間を過ごせた。

  • 04-Mar-2019

    Kate was an amazing guide for my half day tour. She knew so much about the flora and was willing to stop and show me the various native plants. I could have gone on the hike but without Kate I would have not known what plants I was seeing.

  • 26-Apr-2018

    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

  • 28-Mar-2018

    Its was raining heavily that day, the tour guide should have call off the hike because the rain that give rise to rapids waterfall and gushing waters stream along the hiking route. It is life-threatening conditions hike because of the rain conditions, why the guide did not call it off I did not know?
    The tour details did not specific need hiking shoes and water proof jacket and operate in all weather conditions when I booked the tour weeks ago. But they change it on the website when I re-visited today.
    Any way, it is important to consider the life risking hiking conditions caused to hikers during raining conditions!

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