Best time to walk the Milford track is from Mid Nov to Mid April.
(Please NOTE this trip is is a Custom trip it needs to be booked a year in advance as the walk huts book out within a few weeks of being released, you need to be a Min of 6)
Once a year I like to send open an invitation to gay hikers to come together and do a "Great Walk" together, I email hiking groups in Oz and NZ, friends and friends of friends do the rest. We usually get 6-10 people together for a hike which makes it heaps of fun (even in bad weather which we have struck on a few years) and its quite a shock to the straight couples when a group of men descend on hut and cook great food up, its certainly different.
This is not really a OTS trip, like the "World trips" just a way of getting a group of outdoor individuals together, I use the contacts I have for the custom trips, and put together a weeks holiday focused on the walk. Costs are kept to a min, and depend on final number and and the size of vehicle we hire, and the accommodation I can book us into. For the hikes I do a meal planner and then we do shop on day one where you can buy things for the walk and your breakfasts and lunches whilst hiking. Accommodation is all share in the huts of course and I book shared rooms at the other locations, where usually its just our group in a shared room.
You need to do some research to make sure you have the right equipment and fitness level to do a NZ wilderness hike as this is not a guided walk at all, just a bunch of blokes coming together to hike, there is safety in numbers and we all look out for each other.
See Doc's link below.
Plan and prepare
Often cited as amongst the greatest wilderness hikes in the world, the Milford never ceases to amaze and delight, whatever the weather conditions. It’s New Zealand’s most famous ‘’Great Walk’’ and it books up months ahead and within days of the DOC hut passes being released.
We do the freedom walking so its carrying our own packs, food and sleeping bags, the other way to do the Milford in more comfort is the fully catered Guided walk, where you only carry day packs but this is $2095 for a 5 day 4 night trip for multi-share in high season. Our adventure will be around $1500 for a 6 night 7 day week exploring, but yes you will have to carry your own backpack, sleeping bag and food and its escorted not guided.
Because the Doc huts and walk book out months in advance, and I have to pay in full for the huts as soon as the dates are released, I need to have your deposits of $200 ASAP . (Doc has strict cancellation charges on the walks and I can only refund what I get back if you have to pull out, please see doc website for details)
Queenstown to Queenstown
We will meet on the Sunday 7th February and have the first night in Queenstown, get to know each other over dinner, and plan what we need to buy food wise for the hike. Next day we will do a morning shop, and then head to Te Anu downs for the 1pm boat trip to the start of the walk. The walk is 3 nights 4 days ending with a boat transfer to Milford Sound where we stay for a night (there is time the next morning for those that want to, to do a cruise out on the sound, or some local walks). On the last day we drive in the morning drive back to Queenstown with a hike and stops on the way, for the final night have dinner and a few beers before its time to say goodbye.
Re Booking your flights, I can pick you up and drop you off at the airport for arrivals on 7th and departures on 13th, if your flying in and out any other day there is a $6 airport bus that can drop you in town, great if you want to extend for a few days in Queenstown.