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Walk the Hollyford Track, an unforgettable Fiordland tramp from the mountains to the sea. The Hollyford Track 4 day / 3 night hiking tour is an ideal way to experience the very essence of New Zealand's wilderness and its rich history. You will transect the Hollyford Valley by foot, jet boat and finally take a scenic flight into Milford Sound.
Beginning amongst the sheer rock walls of the Darran Mountains in Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Track follows the Hollyford River/Whakatipu Kā Tuka on its journey to the sea at Martins Bay, on the wild West Coast. Marvel at Fiordland's two highest peaks, Mount Tutoko (2746 metres) and Mount Madeline (2537 metres). Retracing the footsteps of original Māori and early pioneer explorers, you'll journey through native beech forest and hear the ...
Beginning amongst the sheer rock walls of the Darran Mountains in Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Track follows the Hollyford River/Whakatipu Kā Tuka on its journey to the sea at Martins Bay, on the wild West Coast. Marvel at Fiordland's two highest peaks, Mount Tutoko (2746 metres) and Mount Madeline (2537 metres). Retracing the footsteps of original Māori and early pioneer explorers, you'll journey through native beech forest and hear the roaring cascade of Hidden Falls.
Along the way your experienced local guide will bring to life the diversity of the landscape, vegetation, wildlife and captivating stories of the original Māori and early pioneering families. You'll pass ancient forests with thousand year old giants such as native Rimu, Totara, and Kahikatea, and discover many small birds like the tomtit, robin and bellbird.
At the end of each day, you'll return to your cosy lodge and enjoy 3 courses of fine cuisine prepared by your friendly and professional lodge hosts.
The trip concludes with a helicopter flight into Milford Sound.
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Pickup from Queenstown (The Station Building, Duke Street) at 3:30pm, and Queenstown airport at 4:00pm. Transfer to Te Anau.
A pre-departure briefing will be offered at 6:30pm at the hotel. Pre-departure briefings provide an opportunity to meet the other guests in your group. We will cover the details you will need to know for your departure the following day such as what to bring, what’s provided, and an itinerary breakdown. This is also the opportunity to ask any questions and to collect and make use of our backpacks and rain jackets if required.
Walking distance: 19.5 km, approx. 7 - 8 hours walking (Moderate Grade).
Highlights Include: Native Rain Forest / Alpine Views / Crystal Rivers / Waterfalls
NOTE: Pre-Departure Briefing is held at 5:30pm, at Fiordland Cinema, 7 The Lane, Te Anau the day before your departure.
Pickup from Queenstown at 6:30am, and Te Anau at 8:30am. *** April tours only depart from Te Anau.
Following 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.
At the end of the first day of your guided walk adventure, you'll be welcomed at Pyke Lodge by your friendly lodge hosts. Here you'll enjoy hot showers, impressive 3 course cuisine and the opportunity to relax with a post dinner drink and savour the majesty of Mt Madeline while reflecting on a great first day of your guided walk experience.
Walking distance: 15 km, approx. 5 - 6 hours walking (Easy Grade).
Highlights Include: Pristine Lakes / Wilderness Jet Boat / Pioneer Historic Sites / 1000 Year Old Native Forest / NZ Fur Seal Colony
After a delicious breakfast, you'll be ready for the mystical forest, glistening Lake Alabaster and the optional crossing of one of Fiordland's longest swing bridges.
After a 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 multiday 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.
Martins Bay Lodge completes an unforgettable second day. Raise a glass to the traditional 'Hollyford Toast' as a wonderful way to finish your day.
Walking distance: 8.5 km, approx. 3 - 4 hours walking (Easy Grade).
Highlights Include: Isolated Sand Spit / Maori Historic Sites / Rugged Coast / Scenic Flight to Milford Sound
After breakfast, today you'll explore 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.
Return to Te Anau at around 04:30pm, and Queenstown at around 07:00pm.
Daily departure on request. Please contact us for group bookings. Private group departue is available on request. Single supplement: $1,150pp
The departure point is Queenstown or Te Anau, New Zealand.
Day 1: No Walk
Day 2:Approximately 19.5 km, 7 - 8 hoursDay 3: Approximately 15 km, 5 - 6 hoursDay 4: Approximately 8.5 km, 3 - 4 hours, and Scenic Flight to Milford SoundTotal: Approximately 43 km
In New Zealand, January and February are the warmest months of the year (summer), and July is the coldest (winter). Fiordland in the south is generally colder than the north, but weather varies throughout the region and can change rapidly within a day.Summer in Fiordland offers the warmest days (e.g. between 10 - 18°C. Winter temperatures (between May and November) can be between 1 - 9°C (example from July), however cold weather can occur at any time of year.
Te Anau Weather Forecast
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