Getting into Queenstown from the airport is very easy with the Connectabus service. It costs only 6 NZD and runs every 15 minutes directly into the downtown area. Once there, it is walkable to most of the main tourist sights, although there are also many hotels and backpackers lodges on the outskirts of the city where a taxi might be needed.
Aspen Lodge Backpackers
Bungee jumping at the top
Since we were headed to the Milford Track, we had to take the road option. The initial leg was getting to the small town of Te Anau, which marks the first and only rest stop along the route. This was the only leg that was not included in our Milford Track booking through the Department of Conservation. We reserved the Queenstown to Te Anau bus in advance through the InterCity Coachlines website. Once we got on board, we were surprised to find out that the entire bus was part of a one-day Milford Sound tour, and only the four of us and another gentleman were getting off at Te Anau to continue on to the Milford Track.
InterCity Coachlines bus to Te Anau
Lake Te Anau
Tracknet shuttle bus to Te Anau Downs
Ferry to Glade Wharf
Glade Wharf - official start of the Milford Track
Here we go