DAY 3: Pompolona
Lodge, Quintin Lodge
Walk 6 - 8 hours, 15 km ( 9m )
most challenging day, but also the most rewarding.
After an early start the track leads toward the
head of the Clinton Valley.
you begin your climb the 3 leaps of St Quintin
Falls can be seen and Mt Balloon rears into view,
onto the Practice Hill and Lake Mintaro. From here
you climb a series of zig zags as the valley floor
drops away beneath your feet.
the top is Mackinnon's memorial cairn. Look out
from 12 second drop to the Arthur Valley beneath
you. After lunch in Pass Hut the track takes you
down a long downhill section to Quintin Lodge.
On the rocky descent you will pass towering rock
cliffs, glacial streams, moss covered forest, a
cascading waterfall section and have your first
view of Sutherland Falls.
the 1.5 hour round trip to the mighty Sutherland
Falls , fifth highest on the planet at 1904 feet
/ 540 metres. Take your jacket and dare to walk
right in behind the falls, a once in a lifetime
4: Quintin Lodge, Mitre Peak Lodge
Walk 6 to 8 hours, 21 km ( 13 m )
the Arthur River as it makes it's way to Milford
Sound. Walk through deep luxuriant beech forest,
a final view of Sutherland Falls, glimpses of Diamond
Creek and Danger Mountain can be seen before arriving
at Boatshed for morning tea.
here cross the river by swingbridge and carry on
to MacKay Falls and Bell Rock. As you near the
30 mile peg you may hear the steady roar of Giant's
Gate Falls, your lunch spot.
final stretch of the track follows tranquil Lake
Ada to Sandfly Point where the Maori goddess Te
Hine-nui-te-po released the sandfly to stop men
lingering too long in the beauty of Fiordland.
From here you catch the launch to Milford Sound
and Mitre Peak Lodge, where you will enjoy a celebratory
Milford Sound cruise, Te Anau, Queenstown
breakfast embark on your Milford Sound cruise.
Out on the Fiord, you realise the grandeur of the
surrounding mountains, the centrepiece being Mitre
Peak, rising vertically over one mile from the
water line. The Fiord is a marine reserve and a
haven for many marine animals including Southern
Fur Seals, Bottlenose and Dusky Dolphins and sometimes
Fiordland Crested Penguin, which come into the
fiord to mate and raise their young.
reputation as being one of the wettest places on
earth is not unfounded. But don’t be fooled
into thinking you have to see it in fine weather,
as Rudyard Kipling described it as the eighth wonder
of the world, in rain!
returning to the wharf, board your coach and climb
your way out from Milford Sound and on to Queenstown
via Te Anau (arriving at approx 4.15pm), completing
your journey of the "finest walk in the world."