Milford Track Day 0

March 20th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Got into Friday afternoon for the pre-trek briefing at the Ultimate Hikes office.

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Had time for a quick drink at the waterfront before the briefing.

The last two tramps were unguided, but for this one we went for the guided option, primarily because it actually gets you into lodges with proper bedrooms rather than bunk beds. I’ll blog more on this at the end, but was an excellent decision! The hot showers alone were worth it!

The briefing took just under an hour and the main thing is making sure you turn up on time for the bus the next morning. They also have day packs available for use, for those who don’t have their own.

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After the briefing we headed up the gondola for a drink and to enjoy the view. Lots of people coming up to mountain bike. Made a mental note to make sure I do that next time I’m in Queenstown with half a day to spare. Looks lots of fun.

We then headed to dinner at Eichardt’s Bar, which had superb tapas. Highly recommended.

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They also do a nice collection of wines to accompany the food.

So a nice half day in Queenstown before the departure the next day for No 3 of the nine .

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5 Responses to “Milford Track Day 0”

  1. Ed Snack (1,941 comments) says:

    Guided, showers !!! Wussy ! Are there a special guided version of the sandflies ?

    Actually the huts on the Milford aren’t that bad, separate bunkrooms first and third nights, only two rooms on night 2 below the pass, one big and one small as I recall (2013 January). No showers though… Not as nice as Perry Saddle and Heaphy Rivermouth on the Heaphy, but pretty reasonable. They get very well used though, 40 people a night every night for several months.

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  2. Joely Doe (26 comments) says:

    Lots of people coming up to mountain bike. Made a mental note to make sure I do that next time I’m in Queenstown with half a day to spare. Looks lots of fun.

    Yeah, lots of fun. So is the 4 day hospital stay after thinking I was 20 again, trying to take a jump to avoid my son who had stopped on the track. Broken scapula, collarbone, half dozen ribs and hole in lung. Nice views from the top though. Walk down and 4WD ambo ride was a bit dicey.

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  3. David Farrar (1,437 comments) says:

    The Perry Saddle and Heaphy huts are awesome. The sandflies remain large at all huts!

    Have made mental note not to jump over any stopped cyclists, and instead hit them :-)

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  4. tom hunter (5,134 comments) says:

    Guided Huts have hot showers!!!!!

    Mama mia. If I’d known that when I did the Milford in 1988 I might have been tempted. As it was we all thought that the guided tours were best exemplified by people trotting along carrying nothing more than a plastic bag with their lunch. Meanwhile we slogged along with our packs – I had my Dad’s then 20 year old hunting version, complete with stainless steel, gas bottle frame – and bloodstains!.

    After three days of fine, clear, hot weather (it was December) we could no longer stand the smell of ourselves and at the end of that day the entire hut plunged into the nearby “swimming hole”. Admittedly the 30 seconds it took to plunge into the water before emerging in primal scream mode would usually not count as cleaning – but it was close enough.

    Looking forward to seeing the next sets of photos. BTW, do they still allow you to carry booze in? My mate and I started with a 12-pack of tinnies and a cask of wine each?

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  5. Ed Snack (1,941 comments) says:

    Tom, they don’t stop you carrying just about anything (pet possums maybe), I carried a 1 litre “bladder” of red wine as I usually do on a tramp. As long as you carry the empties out I’m sure they’d be fine with a dozen tinnies. That’s something over 3 Kg extra though, and I hate extra weight (but not enough to leave my red wine behind !)

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