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hollyford track

from $2,784 per person

The Hollyford Track is located in the Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Valley is New Zealand’s wilderness at its most undisturbed and inspiring. You will traverse this historic valley by foot, jetboat and helicopter. Your experience is full of snow-capped mountains, pristine rivers and lakes, ancient rainforests, remote sand dunes and pounding surf. This historic walk is a must for any hiker.

Inclusions

  • Return transfers from Queenstown or Te Anau
  • Group dinner at Distinction Luxmore
  • 1 night at Distinction Luxmore
  • Wilderness jet boat down the Hollyford River
  • Helicopter flight into Milford Sound
  • Well appointed private lodges on the track
  • All bedding and toiletries
  • Three course evening meals
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches

Travel Dates

01 Dec 21 – 10 Apr 22

 

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Day 1:   Te Anau

If you are flying into Queenstown you can jump on board our coach which will depart for Te Anau and you’ll be taken to your accommodation at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Whilst we will send you all the information you need to prepare for the Hollyford Track, we also conduct a pre-departure briefing, which you are required to attend.

One night’s accommodation (including dinner and breakfast) at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel, is provided, before you embark on your wilderness experience in the Hollyford valley.

Day 2:  Pyke Lodge

Discover some of New Zealand’s most beautiful lakes and glacial valleys, dwarfed by majestic mountains at the start of the Hollyford Track.

Once at the start of the track we put on our packs and start our 19.5km journey to Pyke lodge. You will follow the swift, clear waters of the Hollyford River, beneath the gaze of the mighty Southern Alps, including Fiordland National Park’s two highest peaks of Mt Tutoko (2746m) and Mt Madeline (2537m).

You’ll retrace the footsteps of original Māori and early pioneer explorers, as the track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside impressive tumbling waterfalls.

Day 3:  Martins Bay

As the morning sun shines over the mountains, a delicious breakfast puts everyone on track, ready for the mystical forest, glistening Lake Alabaster and the optional crossing of one of Fiordland’s longest swing bridges.

Today we cover 15km by foot and your main pack will be transported to Martins Bay Lodge while you carry a smaller day pack (that we provide) for your daily essentials. After an initial short walk, you’ll board our jet boat for the next part of your adventure. These powerful and safe machines provide an exciting scenic ride along the Hollyford River and down to Lake McKerrow, where the glassy waters whisk past and the mountains rise dramatically above. You may even encounter a family of Bottlenose Dolphins who regularly visit the lower river and lake. Before the ride is over even your professional jet boat driver will have a story to share.

The human history in the Hollyford Valley is as incredible as the scenery. Throughout your multi day adventure you’ll discover the triumphs and tragedies of ill-fated Jamestown, you’ll pass ancient forests with thousand year old giants such as native Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea, and soon, the towering lowland podocarp forest transforms into a tenacious coastal garden.

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. Continue on, and Long Reef plays host to a rookery of native New Zealand Fur Seals, here you’ll marvel at their nimble skills in the crashing surf and relax as they laze on the rocks.

Day 4:  Milford Sound

After another hearty breakfast you’ll be ready for your final 5km walk, exploring Martins Bay Spit, a famous landmark separating the powerful Tasman Sea from the Hollyford Valley.

Here you will view historical sites, where chief Tutoko and his people guarded entry into the Hollyford Valley, controlling access into and out of highly valued pounamu (greenstone / jade) gathering areas. Your guide will also highlight the plant and wildlife of this unique environment helping you to discover the diversity of this remote area. You will have the opportunity to explore the sand dunes, and wander along the isolated beach at your own pace, with the Tasman Sea as your companion.

Returning to Martins Bay Lodge for lunch, your lodge hosts bid you farewell as you board the helicopter for a scenic flight along the rugged coastline and into the dramatic Milford Sound, where you’ll marvel at the grandeur of vertical granite walls rising from the sea.

Once in Milford you’ll be met by your return shuttle host and travel along the impressive Milford Road, up through the famous Homer Tunnel, cutting through a divide of sheer granite rock, and stopping at the source of the Hollyford Valley and River before embarking on your last leg back to Te Anau and Queenstown.