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Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track 3 Day Guided Walk

Help code: 1AE8-1654

  • World Heritage Listed National Park
  • Milford Sound helicopter flight
  • All meals included
  • Twin share lodge accommodation
  • Tour operates October - April
  • Epic Fiordland walking trek
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The Hollyford Track, Milford Sound is a spectacular three-day guided walk from the mountains to the sea through the ever-changing landscapes of New Zealand’s famous Fiordland National Park. This famous walking journey also incorporates a thrilling jet boat ride and a scenic helicopter flight into Milford Sound – its the ultimate New Zealand hiking experience! The Hollyford Track provides a spectacular multi-day hike through rainforests, dramatic glacial landscapes, and remote high country terrain where you will encounter waterfalls, wildlife, rivers and lakes, all the way to the wild pounding surf of the Tasman Sea. While en route, your every need is well provided for by friendly and professional guides who are experienced in ensuring your safety and enjoyment for the duration of this epic journey. Knowledgeable guides will also entertain you along the way with historic stories, show you important Maori cultural sites and inform you of the fascinating geological spectacles found in this World Heritage Listed National Park.'

In terms of accommodation, The Hollyford Track features twin-share private lodges, with bedding supplied, where guests can enjoy hot showers and flushable toilets. All of the walking will surely work up an appetite, and hikers can look forward to great food and company at the end of each day as all meals are supplied. For an unforgettable experience the Hollyford Track in New Zealand offers a myriad of dramatic landscapes, experiences and scenic wonders around every corner. This all-inclusive three-day wilderness journey is suitable for a wide range of fitness levels so that everyone can see and experience for themselves the geological wonders of this World Heritage Listed National Park.

Inclusions

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Use of backpacks, rain jackets and walking poles if required
  • Specialist, experienced guides for the complete itinerary
  • Track accommodation in well-appointed private lodges with twin share bunk-style rooms and hot showers
  • All meals on the track, with 3 course lodge dinners
  • Bedding, towels, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel and hairdryers
  • Wilderness jet boat journey
  • Amazing helicopter flight into Milford Sound
  • Return coach transport with hotel pick-ups from Queenstown or Te Anau. In April, tour only departs from Te Anau

Highlights

  • All inclusive spectacular walk from the mountains to the sea that is suitable for a wide range of fitness levels
  • The scenery is geologically spectacular and ever changing - snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rainforests, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, reefs, sand dunes and surf

Seasons

  • October 2019: 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
  • November 2019: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
  • December 2019: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
  • January 2020: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • February 2020: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28
  • March 2020: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • April 2020: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 (All April trips depart Te Anau only)

FAQs

How far and how long do we walk for each day?

  • Day One: 19.5km’s walking from the start of the track to Pyke River Lodge with 5 - 7 hours of walking. You will also cover many km’s travelling by our shuttle transport from Queenstown or Te Anau along beautiful lakes and glacial carved valleys to the start of Hollyford Track
  • Day Two: 15km’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 down the Hollyford River and across Lake McKerrow
  • Day Three: 8.5km’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

Where can I park my vehicle?

  • You will need to make arrangements for your vehicle to be stored at your hotel/accommodation and generally they will do this while you are walking, if you are staying with them again upon your return. You will need to check this with your hotel/accommodation

What time do I depart and arrive back in Queenstown or Te Anau?

  • If staying in Queenstown you will be picked up on Day 1 from your hotel/accommodation from 6.30am
  • If staying in Te Anau you will need to make your way to Distinction Te Anau Hotel at 8:30am
  • It is highly recommended that all our guests to start their Hollyford Journey in Te Anau for a more relaxing start to the trip
  • On Day 3 you will arrive back in Te Anau at approximately 4.30pm and Queenstown at approximately 7pm (Queenstown arrival time is not guaranteed)
  • Please note that in April, trips only start in Te Anau and guests meet at 7.15am at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel

Are there toilets on the track?

  • Both lodges have flush toilets and there are clean long drop style toilets at the lunch huts/stops. Gunn’s Camp museum has the last flushing toilet stop before reaching Pyke Lodge

What To Bring

  • Jacket - waterproof and with hood (you can borrow one of ours)
  • Boots - hiking / tramping boots or sturdy walking shoes (preferably with ankle support and well 'worn in' / 'broken-in'!)
  • Socks - wool or thermal blend
  • Skin layer - wool or polypropylene thermal long sleeve / long leg - top and bottom
  • Mid layer - wool or micro fleece long sleeve for when cold wool, microfleece or t-shirt short sleeve for when warm
  • Outer layer - fleece jacket (preferably windproof)
  • Trousers quick dry walking trousers
  • Shorts quick dry walking shorts (with wool or polypropylene thermal long leg underneath for the classic Kiwi walking look!)
  • Hat wool or fleece for when cold peaked or brimmed for when sunny
  • Gloves wool or fleece
  • Water bottle 500ml minimum
  • We advise bringing your own backpacks and rain jackets if you have them as they are likely to be more comfortable and well 'worn in' / 'broken in'

Additional Information

  • PLEASE NOTE: Minimum age for children to be part of the 3-day walk is 10yrs
  • If you have any dietary requirements such as food allergies, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, please advise operator in advance
  • On day one you will be required to carry a small self provided backpack, containing suitable clothing and walking footwear for the 19.5km walk
  • Please click here to be redirected to the check list to assist you in packing for this guided walk
  • Available 20 October 2019 - 28 April 2020 only
  • Off-peak pricing applies from 20 October - 23 December 2019, Peak pricing applies 26 December 2019 - 28 April 2020
  • ALL April trips ONLY depart Te Anau

Cancellation Policy

  • Within 30 days of walk departure date: cancellation fee is 100% of the total trip cost
  • Between 30 - 89 days from walk departure date: cancellation fee is 50% of the total trip cost
  • Once the walk has commenced no refund applies due to any circumstance
  • April trips only depart from Te Anau

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you

Itinerary

Day One (Accommodation: Pyke Lodge)

  • Departing Queenstown, travel alongside Lake Wakatipu before picking up those starting in Te Anau. Together, travel through the beautiful Eglinton Valley on the way to the start of the Hollyford Valley
  • Visit Gunn’s Camp museum before walking alongside the swift clear waters of the Hollyford River beneath the gaze of the mighty Southern Alps, including Mt Tūtoko (2746m) and Mt Madeline (2537m)
  • As the track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside impressive tumbling waterfalls, re-trace the footsteps of early Māori and pioneer explorers and enjoy interesting historical tales and interpretation of forest and bird life
  • A relaxed evening is spent at Pyke Lodge where you can visit the nearby glow-worm colony

Day Two (Accommodation: Martins Bay Lodge)

  • Start the day with a tasty cooked or continental breakfast before visiting Lake Alabaster and learning the history and geology of the area
  • You’ll have the option of crossing one of Fiordland’s longest swing bridges before taking a short walk to board a jet boat
  • Enjoy a scenic ride down the Hollyford River and along Lake McKerrow
  • After calling in at the early pioneer settlement site of Jamestown, walk through ancient Podocarp forest amongst native forest giants, some up to 1000 years old
  • Thunderous surf on the West Coast is a prelude to a bay of boulders where the rare Fiordland Crested penguin is a seasonal visitor
  • Further on, Long Reef plays host to a rookery of native New Zealand fur seals
  • This evening, be hosted at Martins Bay Lodge, close to the mouth of the Hollyford River

Day Three

  • After another hearty breakfast, explore Martin’s Bay Spit, a famous landmark separating the powerful Tasman Sea from the Hollyford Valley, and a coastal landscape that’s a world away from the previous days
  • Your guide knows all about the native flora of this unique environment, helping to discover the diversity of this truly remote area
  • Learn about lifestyle of the early Māori and their pounamu trails that pass through the valley
  • Explore the isolated beach and sand dunes in your own time, giving you the chance to reflect on this intrepid journey
  • Returning to Martins Bay Lodge for lunch, say goodbye to the lodge hosts before boarding a helicopter for a scenic flight along the rugged coast into the truly spectacular and dramatic Milford Sound - marvel at the grandeur of vertical granite walls rising from the sea
  • In Milford, be met by a coach driver and travel the impressive Milford Road through the famous Homer Tunnel and journey back to Te Anau (for approx. 4.30pm) and Queenstown (for approx. 7pm)
Day one is the only day where you are required to carry your pack. If you have a reasonable level of fitness you will find it pleasantly challenging, and highly rewarding!
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