The Milford Track, New Zealand



The Milford Track is a stunning 53.5 km walking track through rainforest and mountainous terrain on New Zealand’s South Island, ending with a ferry ride to scenic Milford Sound.

I had the extraordinary luck to enjoy four days of clear skies and sunshine on this track that winds its way through one of the world’s wettest inhabited regions. New Zealand’s South Island is also home to the world’s only alpine parrot – the Kea. And the clever birds are always keen to take a nice pair of boots apart, if you leave them outside overnight.

During the October to April summer season, booking all three huts is compulsory and due to the track’s popularity, reservations are best made online as soon as bookings open in June or July. For more information visit the Department of Conservation‘s site.

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About Nicky Redl

Nicky worked as a radio reporter, presenter and producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for five years - in Sydney, the Outback in Broken Hill and the Tropics in northern Queensland. She finally fled the cyclones and moved to Frankfurt for 2.5 years as a financial reporter for Dow Jones, contributing to the Wall Street Journal. She's now back in Australia, working as a business translator and spending her spare time trail running in the Blue Mountains.
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