Milford Track - Day 4

Saturday, 15 April 2017

With all of the climbing and most of the descending completed, day 4 just had a lot of distance - it was 18k from the hut down to Sandfly Point where we would take a short ferry trip over to Milford Sound township.   Thankfully for Clare’s toes and Dani’s knees it was once again pretty easy walking.  Unfortunately it rained the entire day which kept the sandflies away, but did make it hard to linger anywhere as we got a bit cold.  There were some spectacular waterfalls and plenty of fun swing bridges along the way. 


After pretty awesome track conditions the whole way, the last kilometre had recent track work which had turned into mud - a bit annoying after keeping relatively clean (if wet) boots for the previous 53k!  The track had mile markers so we always knew how far we'd come each day.  Below is Zali and Jett celebrating the last mile marker of the trip!

 

 

 

 

We were last to leave the hut but we made it to the jetty with almost an hour to spare before our 3pm booking.  That gave Andy time for one last swim, and the rest of us time to get changed into our last dry items of clothing, ready to walk straight from the wharf at Milford Sound to Milford Sound Lodge, where we had all booked rooms for the night.  

 

Now I must mention that we’d all seen the website for the lodge, and we all booked directly with them, and we ALL thought that the lodge would be right on the waterfront and we’d just stroll over to it from the jetty.  

Sadly for us that turned out to not be the case, and in quite an ignominious ending to our fantastic journey, we found ourselves walking almost two kilometres down the road in driving rain and not very safe walking conditions (i.e there was no pavement).  So of course our dry gear got wet again. This is Jett, walking the last few hundred metres - notice he's carrying his hiking boots..actually Zali and Jett took this final inconvenience a lot better than all of us grownups - I guess they are used to being forced to walk miles in inclement conditions by their parents - what was another 2k going to matter!!

The only people to avoid this miserable finish was Lyra and Alexa, as Lyra was adamant that she wasn’t walking another step, forcing Alexa to do the smart thing (which we should have done), and investigate alternative options - like the shuttle which we could have used instead. dang. Nevertheless, despite the lodge not living up to our expectations (in more ways than just the location), we had a nice dinner together in the restaurant and a good night’s sleep with tired legs and satisfied souls (and sore toes in Clare’s case, sore knees in Dani’s case).

The whole trip was awesome. The company was great, the huts were comfortable and the environment was totally unique and spectacular.  I don’t normally pay too much attention to the birds but on this trip the birdsong was incredibly pretty.  I can’t wait to come back and do some more Great Walks (there are nine official ones in NZ - the Abel Tasman is one of them).
2017List
Cool things Wednesday, 3 May 2017
NZ Day 30 - Long Distance Final Sunday, 30 April 2017
NZ Day 28 - Rest Day 3 (HA!) Friday, 28 April 2017
NZ Day 27 - Long Qualifying 2 Friday, 28 April 2017
NZ Day 26 - Long Qualifying 1 Wednesday, 26 April 2017
NZ Day 25 - Rangitoto Island Tuesday, 25 April 2017
NZ Day 24 - Unexpected Outcomes Tuesday, 25 April 2017
NZ Day 23 - Sprint Qualifying Sunday, 23 April 2017
NZ Day 22 - Goodbye Rotorua, Hello Auckland Sunday, 23 April 2017
NZ Day 21 - Rest Day 2 (HA!) Saturday, 22 April 2017
NZ Day 20 - Rotorua Orienteering & Adrenaline Forest Thursday, 20 April 2017
NZ Day 19 - Rotorua Orienteering Thursday, 20 April 2017
NZ Day 18 - Rest Day (HA!) Tuesday, 18 April 2017
NZ Day 17 - Oceania Middle & Rotorua Tuesday, 18 April 2017
NZ Day 16 - Goodbye South Island Tuesday, 18 April 2017
NZ Day 15 - Milford Sound Saturday, 15 April 2017
Milford Track - Day 4 Saturday, 15 April 2017
Milford Track - Day 3 Saturday, 15 April 2017
Milford Track - Day 2 Saturday, 15 April 2017
Milford Track - Day 1 Saturday, 15 April 2017
NZ Day 9 - Pastries and Packing Saturday, 15 April 2017
NZ Day 8 - Pools and Puzzles Sunday, 9 April 2017
NZ Day 7 - More Glaciers & Amazing Views Sunday, 9 April 2017
NZ Day 6 - Gorges and Glaciers Friday, 7 April 2017
NZ Day 5 - Seals & Rocks Friday, 7 April 2017
NZ Day 4 - Old Ghost Road Wednesday, 5 April 2017
NZ Day 2 - Hot Springs and Long Drives Monday, 3 April 2017
NZ Day 0 & NZ Day 1 Sunday, 2 April 2017
NZ (Planned) Wednesday, 29 March 2017