Hollyford Track, Guided WalkGet off the beaten track and into the Fiordland National Park
PRICEPer person in NZD
- 3 day trip from $1399pp
- 5 day trip from $1799pp
- Custom trips and additional days on request
- Extra days at $299 pp
- Minimum numbers apply (two people)
AT A GLANCE
Option to walk whole track or shorter 3 day option
- Departs: Gunns Camp (Hollyford Valley) or Milford Sound (Te Anau by prior arrangement)
- Season: Year round for 5 day hike; 3 day hike (October to April only)
- Grade: Easy to Moderate
- Duration: 3 days (although 4 – 5 days recommended)
- Walking distance: Complete track is 44km
MAKE A BOOKING
- World Heritage Area
- Milford Sound scenic flight
- Fiordland Crested Penguins
- Fur Seal Colony
- Snow capped mountain views
- 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
- Scenic Helicopter flight
- Jetboat trip
- Experienced guide
- Penguin viewing
- All meals
- Snacks and refreshments
- Overnight accommodation
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 5 days.
However during the months of October to April we can take advantage of helicopters and jet boats to make the trip shorter and although we recommend 3 days we can arrange shorter trips if you want a sample of the area or are limited on time.
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.
DAY 1 - Approx 19k, Walk Time approx 5 - 7hrs
Day One (L, D)
Lower Hollyford Road to Hidden Falls Hut, 2-3 hr, 9 km
After arriving from either Queenstown or Te Anau we start our adventure. We cross the swing bridge over Humboldt Creek and follow the old road to the start of the track. The track follows the river bank, with occasional views of the Darran Mountains.
We cross a typical Fiordland swing bridge before arriving at Hidden Falls – a stunning waterfall with ample photo opportunities. Depending on weather conditions, we can chose to stay here or head on to the larger Alabaster Hut for our first night
Hidden Falls Hut to Lake Alabaster Hut, 3-4 hr, 10.5 km
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
The track then enters tall beech forest before the climb to Little Homer Saddle, with views of Mt Madeline and Fiordland’s highest mountain, Mt Tutoko (2723 m).
We descend to Little Homer Falls (60 m) and continue to the Hollyford/Pyke Rivers confluence. Beyond this is is Lake Alabaster Hut our accommodation for our first night.
Day 2 - Approx 19k, Walk Time: approx 5 - 6 hours
Lake Alabaster Hut to McKerrow Island Hut, 3-4 hr, 10.5 km
From here the track is less frequented and more remote, so your guide will be able to point out the route. Good boots are recommended as this part of the track can be rocky and sometime wet under foot
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. During wet weather – there may be some mud to traverse – all part of the Fiordland adventure and hence the reason gaiters are recommended.
McKerrow Island to Demon Trail Hut, 1.5 hr, 4.2 km
Once we reach Lake McKerrow we are on the famous Demon Trail a historic part of the track which has flat parts between undulation sections. We cross a number of streams before arriving at the Demon Trail Hut for the night
Day 3 - Approx 9k, Walk Time: approx 5 - 6 hours
Demon Trail Hut to Hokuri Hut, 5-6 hr, 9.6 km
We continue along the demon trail, following the shores of Lake McKerrow before arriving at Hokuri Hut for our accommodation for the night
Day 2 - Approx 13k, Walk Time: approx 4 - 5 hours
Hokuri Hut to Martins Bay Hut, 4-5 hr, 13 km
Shortly after leaving Hokuri Hut is Hokuri Creek. Here we can experience a typical New Zealand 3 wire bridge. 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.
After a lunch stop, the track leaves the lake and continues for another hour to the Hollyford Airstrip and Martins Bay. Our final nights accommodation is Martins Bay Hut, situated at the mouth of the Hollyford River. From July to November, seals and Fiordland crested penguins can be seen around the coast close by.
Day 5 - Depart Hollyford Track
Another opportunity to visit the seals and penguins and if time permits we explore Big Bay before our flight back to Milford Sound. Depending on weather conditions and flights available there is an option to cruise Milford Sound (extra cost) before saying farewell to your guide and heading off back to Te Anau or Queenstown
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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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Earplugs for light sleepers
- Watch/ alarm clock
- Travel wipes/ tissues
- 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