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Hollyford Track Guided Hike

Entering the Hollyford Valley is like stumbling into a lost world, this is a truly remote wilderness area with untouched virgin forest that has been standing untouched for thousands of years.

Regarded by New Zealanders as the countries most beautiful and naturally spectacular valley, the Hollyford Track showcases the reason why Fiordland has a world heritage status.

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PRE DEPARTURE BRIEFING

 

Your pre departure briefing begins at 6 pm on the night before your walk begins. This is a chance for you to meet your guide and fellow walkers. Your guide will "walk" you through the next three unforgettable days, on the Hollyford Track. Backpacks will be provided at this briefing to those who require them. The pre departure briefing takes place at R & R Sports Queenstown (corner of Camp & Shotover streets) or at The Luxmore Hotel if staying in Te Anau.

1
PYKE RIVER LODGE, GLOW WORMS AND WATERFALLS

Todays Walk: 17 km (12 mi)

Depart Queenstown by 7am, travel along side the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and on to Te Anau. Those starting in Te Anau join the trip at 9 am. After a brief stop, depart for the Hollyford Valley and travel through the majestic Eglington Valley to the start of the Track in the Hollyford Valley visiting Gunn's Camp museum on the way. Then re-trace the footsteps of early explorers along the Hollyford River to Pyke River Lodge. As the Track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside tumbling waterfalls enjoy interesting historical tales and interpretation of the forest and bird life. In the evening you can visit our nearby glow-worm colony.

Meals Provided: Lunch and Dinner

2
LAKES, JET BOATING, 1000 YEAR OLD TREES AND WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE

Todays Walk: 12 km (7 mi)

Begin your day with a short walk to Lake Alabaster and learn of the history and geology of the area whilst in the midst of stunning surroundings. Cross Fiordland's longest swing bridge and then enjoy a captivating jet boat journey down the Hollyford River and across Lake McKerrow to the historic site of Jamestown, the intended capital of the South Island in the late 19th century. Walk through the ancient Podocarp forest (New Zealand native pines) with huge Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea trees wrapped in massive Rata vines. Then visit the fur seal colony at Long Reef on the wild West Coast. You may see the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Spend the night at Martins Bay Lodge.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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MARTINS BAY BEACH AND COASTLINE/SCENIC FLIGHT TO MILFORD SOUND

Todays Walk 8km (5 mi)

Travel by jet boat to the beach and explore the seven kilometre Martins Bay Beach, sand dunes and lagoon. Learn about its history and its plant, sea and bird life. Return to Martins Bay Lodge and then enjoy a scenic flight to Milford Sound, with views of the Track route, Hollyford Valley and Mt Tutoko, Fiordland's highest peak. Board your coach for your return journey to Queenstown or Te Anau with stops of interest along the way. Arrive back in Te Anau by 5 pm and Queenstown by approximately 7.30 pm.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

MUST READ: GRANDFATHER OF TOURISM AND FOUNDER OF THE HOLLYFORD TRACK First Light Travel Blog

Folk Hero Davey Gunn, known as New Zealand’s Davy Crockett, has inspired hiking guides for generations. Read more about Davey Gunn of the Hollyford Valley.