Swing bridge on the Holyford Track

Hollyford Track

4 or 5 day guided walk

Departs Queenstown

Hollyford Track - 4 or 5 Day Guided Walk

Get off the beaten track and into the Fiordland National Park

PRICE

Per person in NZD
$1499
  • 1 person $2799 pp
  • 2 people $2799 pp
  • 3 people $2299 pp
  • 4 people $1899 pp
  • 5 people $1799 pp
  • 6 – 8 people $1699 pp
  • 9- 10 people $1499 pp (includes 2 guides)
  • Minimum numbers apply (two people) Save

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Departs: Queenstown for scenic flight to Martin’s Bay
  • Season: Year round for 4 or 5 day hike
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate
  • Duration: 4 or 5 days
  • Walking distance: Complete track is 44km

MAKE A BOOKING

4 Days:

5 Days:

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Heritage Area
  • Milford Sound scenic flight
  • Fiordland Crested Penguins
  • Fur Seal Colony
  • Dolphins
  • Snow capped mountain views
  • Glaciers
  • Waterfalls
  • 1000 year old forestry
  • Historic Jamestown
  • Sunsets over the lake
  • New DOC Huts
  • Fiordland’s longest valley
  • The only major track that can be walked in any season and also connects to the Fiordland Coastline

 

INCLUDES

  • Scenic Helicopter flight
  • Experienced guide
  • Penguin viewing
  • All meals
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation in back country huts or camping in tents

 

MORE INFORMATION & ITINERARY

The Hollyford Track is a popular track in Northern Fiordland that is one of the few low altitude tracks that can be hiked all year round as snow does not often close the track. For those hiking the 56km Hollyford Track in it’s entirety, we recommend either 4 days or the option of 5 days where on the 5th day, we take the opportunity visit Milford Sound for a scenic boat cruise which is a must do while visiting New Zealand before returning to Te Anau.

Over 4 days, we will walk 56km which is the entirety of the Hollyford Track. You will get to experience the spectacular and diverse scenery throughout the Hollyford Valley, visit the historic Jamestown, Lake Alabaster and Lake McKerrow, learn about the history, flora and fauna and see native wildlife along the way.

We begin the journey with a scenic drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy which was recently voted by Lonely Planet as “one of the most beautiful drives in the world”. From Glenorchy we take a scenic helicopter trip to Martins Bay at the head of the Hollyford track where we can walk out to the New Zealand Fur Seal colony and we may be lucky enough to see the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins as well.

We mainly stay in backcountry huts or camp (if you choose to) and with the added safety of a fully trained guide, you’ll enjoy the full experience of the Hollyford Track with a guide to tell you about the flora and fauna and history in the area that was once a pioneering settlement.

If you choose our 5 day option, our final night is spent at Gunn’s Camp located just 45 minutes from Milford Sound. On the 5th day, we will drive to the spectacular Milford Sound for a morning scenic boat cruise. On the Milford Sound boat cruise you will experience first hand the towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and keep an eye out for NZ fur seals, penguins and dolphins. After the boat cruise, we will then drive back to Te Anau.

 

DAY 1 - Approx 13km, Walk Time: approx 4 - 5 hours

Day One (L, D)

Martins Bay Hut to Hokuri Hut, 4-5 hr, 13 km

We begin the journey with a scenic drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy which was recently voted by Lonely Planet as “one of the most beautiful drives in the world”. From Glenorchy we take a scenic helicopter trip to Martins Bay at the head of the Hollyford track where we can walk out to the New Zealand Fur Seal colony and we may be lucky enough to see the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins as well.

We head off from Martins Bay along the track for about an hour before we follow the track along the lake. We follow the lake shore past the bay where the settlement of Jamestown once stood and your guide will be able to tell you about the history of the area. Shortly before arriving at Hokuri Hut is Hokuri Creek where we can experience a typical New Zealand 3 wire bridge. We will spend our first night at Hokuri Hut.

 

DAY 2 - Approx 9km, Walk Time: approx 5 - 6 hours

Hokuri Hut to Demon Trail Hut, 5-6 hr, 9.6km

We follow the shores of Lake McKerrow and then continue along the demon trail, before arriving at the Demon Trail Hut for our accommodation for the night.

DAY 3 - Approx 19km, Walk Time: approx 5 - 6 hours

Demon Trail Hut to McKerrow Island, 1.5 hr, 4.2km

We leave Demon Trail Hut, experience crossing a number of streams before we continue on the on the famous Demon Trail. It is a historic part of the track and has flat parts between undulation sections before we reach Lake McKerrow.

McKerrow Island Hut to Lake Alabaster Hut, 3-4 hr, 10.5km

The track meets the Hollyford River again and we continue through the New Zealand bush with regular stops for points of interest or comfort breaks. The track is less frequented and more remote, so your guide will be able to point out the route before we make our way to Lake Alabaster Hut for the night.

Note: during wet weather, there may be some mud to traverse – all part of the Fiordland adventure and hence the reason gaiters are recommended. Good boots are also recommended as this part of the track can be rocky and sometime wet under foot.

DAY 4 - Approx 19km, Walk Time approx 5 - 7hrs

Lake Alabaster Hut to Hidden Falls Hut, 3-4 hr, 10.5km

We set off from Lake Alabaster Hut, continue to the Hollyford/Pyke Rivers confluence and ascend to Little Homer Falls (60 m). We then climb to Little Homer Saddle, with views of Mt Madeline and Fiordland’s highest mountain, Mt Tutoko (2723 m) and on the way down the track then enters tall beech forest.

From here we head out through a section of lowland ribbonwood/ podocarp forest draped with colourful mosses and ferns that New Zealand is famous for.

Hidden Falls Hut to Lower Hollyford Road, 2-3 hr, 9km

We cross a typical Fiordland swing bridge before arriving at Hidden Falls – a stunning waterfall with ample photo opportunities. The track follows the river bank with occasional views of the Darran Mountains.

Following the old road to the end of the track and cross the swing bridge over Humboldt Creek where we have come to the end and accomplished the entire 56km of the Hollyford Track!

We then have a much deserved rest and drive back to Queenstown or Te Anau depending on where your accommodation is.

Day 5 - Optional to include Milford Sound Boat Cruise

After a much needed rest and hot shower staying at Gunn’s Camp, we drive just 45 minutes to Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of the most well-known New Zealand attractions and some even call it the 8th wonder of the world!

Once we arrive, you will be in awe of Mitre Peak, then jump on board a Milford Sound nature boat cruise where you will experience first-hand the natural wonder of Milford Sound with towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and watch out for seals, penguins and dolphins.

After our time in Milford Sound, we will then drive back to Te Anau.

map of the Hollyford Track

map of the Hollyford Track

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PACKING LIST

Download as a PDF here

What to bring for overnight hikes & camping trips
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – Some items we may be able to provide it to you, other items can be hired in Queenstown, please contact us for more informations 

  • Boots – sturdy, good fit, protected with dressing/polish
  • Treking pants/trousers
  • Tops/ shirts – quick drying sports or hiking tops are best.
    Avoid cotton as although cool in the summer, it can be cold when wet or sweaty
  • Thermals – long sleeved top and long johns (quick drying)
    The kiwi way is to wear them under shorts and they can double up as sleep wear/pajamas
  • Socks – 2-3 pairs
  • Good pair of walking socks and a warm pair to wear in the evening round camp
  • Underwear
  • Warm hat, beanie or balaclava
    Even in summer the weather can turn cooler in the evenings
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Mid layer pullovers: fleece tops or polartec type are ideal (light and quick drying)
    Cotton hoodies are not as warm and heavy when wet
  • Shorts
  • Pack – with a waterproof liner such as the yellow “NZ Mountain Safety Council” pack liner.
    Pack should be light, strong, comfortable, 60-90 litres for overnight trips where you are carrying your own gear and able to carry up to one quarter of your weight.
  • Sleeping bag – good quality down or synthetic fibre.
  • Sleeping Mat – closed cell foam, or a self-inflating airbed.
  • Torch – small with spare bulb & batteries.
  • Drink Bottle
    We can normally fill up along the way in streams so 1 litre is normally sufficient
  • Toiletries/wash kit, toilet roll and any personal medication if required
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, lip balm and sunhat

OPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS

  • Gaiters or Puttees – to keep out water and gravel
  • Over trousers – waterproof and windproof, essential if you get cold quickly
  • Comfortable lightweight shoes to wear round camp in the evenings
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Earplugs for light sleepers
  • Watch/ alarm clock
  • Travel wipes/ tissues
  • Swimwear
  • The rivers/lakes are great to cool off in although spare underwear is often substituted
  • Blister plasters/band-aid or tape
  • Although we do carry a first aid kit too
  • Camera, spare batteries and spare memory card

 

 

5 day Hollyford Trip – download HERE

Fiordland National Park from above enroute to the Hollyford Track

Fiordland National Park from above enroute to the Hollyford Track

 

 

Hollyford Guided Walk with Adventure Walks, New Zealand (22)

Hollyford Guided Walk with Adventure Walks, New Zealand

 

Baby seal in the Hollyford valley

Baby seal in the Hollyford valley

 

Hidden Falls on the Hollyford Track

Hidden Falls on the Hollyford Track

 

 

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