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Aerial view Hollyford Valley Start of the Hollyford Track guided walk Guide Hollyford Track Waterfall Hollyford Track Jetboat Lake McKerrow Hollyford Track hikers on a swing bridge Martins Bay beach at the end of the Hollyford Track
Because not everybody wants the same holiday....
Because not everybody wants the same holiday....

Hollyford track guided walk New Zealand.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary

The dramatic Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience is one of New Zealand's greatest nature walks.

Explore undisturbed and inspiring scenery that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years, from the snow capped mountains of the majestic Southern Alps, ancient native rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes to the remote sand dunes, reef and surf of the rugged West Coast. The experiences are just as diverse and include hiking through 'World Heritage Area' wilderness, native wildlife encounters, wilderness jet-boating, exploring historical sites, and a scenic flight to Milford Sound.

On this 3 day / 2 night all inclusive guided nature walk experience you'll enjoy cuisine prepared and served by our friendly lodge hosts while relaxing in our well appointed and comfortable private lodges.

We employ a small team of local wilderness guides who are dedicated to New Zealand's environment, culture, history and heritage.

Itinerary overview.

DAY 1:

Travel from Queenstown or Te Anau to the Hollyford Valley and then walk 19.5km with your guide through native beech forest to Pyke Lodge.

DAY 2:

Morning light on Lake Alabaster, wilderness jet boating and 15km of Podocarp forest, coastal reefs and finally fur seals before spending the night at Martins Bay Lodge.

DAY 3:

Explore Martins Bay spit and both Māori and European settlement, walking 8.5km, before flying by helicopter into Milford Sound where our coach awaits to return you to Te Anau and then Queenstown.

The Hollyford Track Guided Wilderness Experience includes:

  • Essential pre-departure briefing - day prior at 5.30pm in Queenstown or Te Anau.
  • Return coach transport with pick ups from Queenstown accommodations or a pick up from the Distinction Te Anau Hotel on our way through.
  • Friendly, knowledgeable & professional guides
  • Wilderness jet boat journey down the Hollyford river and across Lake McKerrow
  • Amazing helicopter flight into Milford Sound
  • Friendly professional lodge hosts
  • Track accommodation in well-appointed private lodges with twin share bunk-style bedrooms, shared bathrooms, hot showers and flush toilets (unisex bathroom at Pyke Lodge)
  • All bedding including duvets and hot water bottles, towels, soap, shampoo and hairdryers
  • All meals on the track
  • Use of backpacks and rain jackets if required
  • Transport of your main pack from Pyke Lodge to Martins Bay Lodge (while you use one of our smaller day packs for essential gear only)
Oct 2020 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Nov 2020 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Dec 2020 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, 31
Jan 2021 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Feb 2021 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27
Mar 2021 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Apr 2021* 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28

 *All April trips ONLY depart from Te Anau

Please email us to enquire further about this trip.

Day One

Travel from Queenstown and Te Anau through to the start of the track in the Hollyford Valley.
Shadowing the swift clear waters of the Hollyford River and beneath the gaze of the mighty Southern Alps, including Fiordland National Parks two highest peaks of Mt Tūtoko (2746m) and Mt Madeline (2537m), you'll re-trace footsteps of original Maori and early pioneer explorers, as the track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside impressive tumbling waterfalls.

At the end of your first day's adventure you'll be welcomed at Pyke Lodge by your friendly lodge hosts.

17kms walking from the start of the track to Pyke River Lodge with 5 - 7 hours of walking.

Day Two

After a short walk you'll board our jet boat for the next part of your adventure a captivating scenic ride along the Hollyford River and down Lake McKerrow where you may encounter a family of Bottlenose Dolphins who are regular visitors. Then walking through ancient forest giants such as native Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea, some believed to be up to 1000 years old. Thunderous surf on the rugged West Coast is a prelude to a bay of boulders where the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin is a seasonal visitor. A little farther on, Long Reef plays host to a colony of native New Zealand Fur Seals where you'll marvel at their nimble skills in the crashing surf and relax as they laze on the rocks.

Martin's Bay Lodge completes a special second day.

12km's between Pyke River Lodge and Martins Bay Lodge with 4 - 5 hours of walking. You will also cover approximately 25km's by jet boat.

Day Three

Explore Martin's Bay Spit, a famous landmark separating the powerful Tasman Sea from the Hollyford Valley, and a coastal landscape that is a world away from the previous days.

Returning to Martins Bay Lodge for lunch, then board your helicopter for a scenic flight along the rugged coast and into the truly spectacular and dramatic Milford Sound

Once in Milford you'll be met by your return shuttle host and travel the impressive Milford Road on your journey back to Te Anau and Queenstown.

8km's walking along Martins Bay Spit taking 3 - 4 hours. You will also take a spectacular flight along the coast and into the breath-taking Milford Sound before boarding our shuttle transport to return to Te Anau or Queenstown.

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