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Milford Track: ‘World’s finest walk’ in danger of becoming just another bucket list tick

Epic trail in the wild south was once a route to inner peace but popularity has trampled its tranquillity Dawn is hours away on a cool Fiordland night but the packed bunk chambers of Clinton Hut are seething with activity. Tramping boots stomp against wooden floorings, bunks creek as their dwellers fling their bodies around, and an urgent, sleep-fogged crescendo of angry whispers is building in the gloom. “Shhhhhh,” hisses someone from a top bunk, directing their fury towards the noisy hiking party who like to vagrant in the dark,…

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