Milford Track is open in summer from the last week of October to the end of April and from the start of May to the end of October in winter.
Huts are available at a fee to visitors to cover care and maintenance at around $162 for three huts. To book Milford huts you’ll need to visit the Department of Conservation website.
If you hold a Backcountry Hut Pass you can get a 10% discount off these fees. Associations that issue these passes include:
NZ Mountain Safety Council
NZ Federated Mountain Clubs
NZ Deer Stalkers Association
NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR)
Scouts New Zealand
If you want to order a pass, you will need to visit a DOC visitor centre in person. You may also be charged a booking fee.
Milford Track Bookings
Check the DOC website for exact booking dates as these do vary from year to year.
What to book
During the summer season if is essential to book all three huts on the track beginning from Lake Te Anau end and staying in each hut consecutively over your trip.
During winter it’s not imperative to book huts, but it is important to buy hut tickets before you begin your walk via the DOC visitor center. Children stay for free, but must still be included in your booking form.
Once you have decided what time you want to travel, you’l need to check availability.
Guided walks give the opportunity to stay in more comfortable accommodation, but if you want to stay in a hut, it pays to check availability early as they do fill up fast, especially in summer.
Book transport between Te Anau and the start/end of the track at the same time as booking huts. You will need to book transport between Te Anau and start/end of the track. There are many transport operators for the Milford Track, if you are travelling with a tour company, this will of course be taken care of.
You can book directly with transport operators, most are privately owned it but must still be booked via DOC, via the DOC online booking system or a visitor center.
Department of Conservation Milford Track Booking Page (for independent hikers).
If you prefer to enjoy all of the benefits of a guided Milford Walk, visit the tours page.