Milford Sound Walks

Milford Sound offers many walking and tramping tracks for a range of abilities, time frames and experiences, ranging from short and easy access walks to long multi-day tramps like the Milford Track. Here are our favourite Milford Sound day walks to enjoy during your time in the area.

Milford Sound day walks Foreshore track

Milford Sound Foreshore Walk

This enjoyable short walk starts at the carpark in Milford Sound and wanders through beech forest and alongside the sandy foreshore area in Milford Sound. Learn more about the area through the interpretive visitor panels, relax and enjoy the sea air while watching the boats cruise past. You can find some of the best views of Mitre Peak along this route.

Time Estimate: 30 mins, loop track
Distance: 400 m
Difficulty: Easy
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Milford Sound Lookout track

Milford Sound Lookout Track

No matter the weather, this short track is sure to impress. Walk through beautiful bush and vegetation, past the grave of Donald Sutherland (soldier and explorer) and enjoy beautiful views from the lookout towards Milford Sound and the township.

Time Estimate: 30 mins, loop track
Distance: 400 m
Difficult: Easy
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Milford Sound Key Summit walk

Key Summit Track

The Key Summit is a highlight of the Routeburn Track, another of New Zealand’s Great Walks. This section is on an easy track, so it’s great for families, and offers spectacular views of Fiordland National Park. Wander through beech forest, alpine tussock, tarns and bogs, and keep an eye out for native birds. On clear days you can experience 360° panoramic views, south to Lake Te Anau and north past Mt Tutoko to Martins Bay.

Time Estimate: to Key Summit – 3 hours
Distance: 3.4 km
Difficulty: Easy (suitable for all people)
Rating: 5 stars
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Milford Sound walks Grave Talbot walk

Grave Talbot Track

Starting at the twin one-lane bridges on the descent through the Cleddau Valley, about 7.5km from Milford Sound, this route follows the Gulliver River for a few kilometres before climbing up into the Esperance valley. Large rimu and beech trees line the Esperance River as it emerges into the grasslands at the base of rockwalls below Mt McPherson. This track can be shortened to an afternoon stroll along the Gulliver River.

Time: 3-4 hours (return)
Difficulty: Easy

Milford Sound walks - Gertrude Saddle

Gertrude Saddle

This is one of New Zealand’s most accessible alpine tracks, an exciting hike with sensational views to Milford Sound and the surrounding Darran Mountains. You should have previous alpine hiking and climbing experience to do this walk. The Gertrude Saddle route starts near the Homer Tunnel on the Milford Road. As you start the exhilarating climb you’ll also discover stunning waterfalls on rock faces as you and the mysterious Black Lake towards the top.

Time: 4-6 hours (return)
Distance: 7km return
Difficulty: Expert. Not suitable in wintery conditions
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