Introduction

Safety information you should consider before commencing your trip.

The track is not suitable for all walkers. It is not recommended for children under the age of 10, due to the exposed mountainous environment and often adverse weather conditions. Parts of the Milford Track are exposed, steep, slippery, rough and muddy. On the third day you will climb over 500 m to Omanui/McKinnon Pass and then descend 1000 m to Dumpling Hut. On the fourth day you must walk 18 km, reaching Sandfly Point in time to meet the early afternoon boat. 

Weather conditions can change quickly in any season. Fiordland National Park experiences very high rainfall (up to 9000 mm per year) and weather conditions can change quickly in any season. Cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur at any time of the year. Be prepared for all conditions.

The risk of avalanche can extend into December. During the Great Walks season DOC manages this risk to a low level and walkers may be flown (at their cost) over dangerous sections.

Crossing rivers: If you plan to cross an unbridged river, you must know how to identify an unsafe river, and where and how to cross safely. You should also be prepared for being unable to cross.

If the river is flooded, you cannot find safe entry and exit points or are unsure it’s safe, do not try to cross. Turn back or wait for the river to drop - this often takes a few hours after rain, so be ready and pack emergency shelter and extra food.

A river is unsafe if there is:

  • discoloured water
  • debris in the water (such as branches)
  • water flowing faster than walking pace
  • movement of rocks in the water you can hear

Learn more about river safety on the NZ Mountain Safety Council website.

There is no cellphone coverage.

Weather forecast

Milford Track weather forecast – NIWA website

View current conditions on the Omanui/McKinnon Pass webcam

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Milford Track in November – cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur anytime.

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