Several years back, Bev and I made the 3 night/4 days, 33 mile Milford Track, considered by many to be the world’s greatest wilderness walk. Limited to groups of 40 every departure date, we found this 4-day trek to be among the most exhilarating outdoor activities we have experienced anywhere. The various flora/fauna and the contrasts of lush, verdant valleys with mountain vistas are magnificent. The Spartan, yet very comfortable, overnight lodges (sorry, no Peninsula here!) offer tasty, robust food and a fun group dynamic. With a limited Oct-Mar season, the Milford Track should be booked 5-6 months in advance.
Hiking and idyllic walks being among our favorite Lynch Family global travel activities, we feel New Zealand’s extraordinary “Milford Track” to be truly the “finest walk in the world(!)“, as proclaimed by the poet Blanche Baughan over 100 years ago. Located in the picturesque mountains and temperate rainforests of Fiordland National Park, on New Zealand’s South Island, this is one of the globe’s great family outdoor hiking adventures.
The medium level difficulty 33 mi trail (for ages 11 and above) starts at the head of Lake Te Anau (near Queenstown) and ends at otherworldly Milford Sound, traversing lush, green rainforests, wetlands and a striking alpine pass.
Though spartan, the fully staffed, clean Milford Track en-route lodges (Glade House, Pompolona Lodge, Quintin Lodge and Mitre Peak Lodge) offer a casual, congenial atmosphere, along with delicious and healthy local New Zealand dishes.
Operating from Nov 1st to April 11th, the Milford Track is limited to only 40 people per day (bookings must be made several months in advance) with the entire trek lasting 4 nights/5 days.