The Hollyford 3 Day Wilderness Journey is an all inclusive spectacular walk from the mountains to the sea that is suitable for a wide range of fitness levels. Unlike any other walk, the scenery is geologically spectacular and ever changing - snow capped mountains, glaciers, rainforests, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, reefs, sand dunes and surf. The experiences are diverse- hiking, wildlife interaction, historical tales, jet boating, and a magnificent scenic flight to Milford Sound.
Included in the package is return transport from Queenstown or Te Anau to the track, meals, snacks, accommodation, and use of backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in our well appointed lodges with twin share rooms. Our expert guides will ensure your group (maximum 16 people) experience New Zealand's wilderness at its best. The season operates from late October through to April.
Pre Departure Briefing:
Your pre departure briefing begins at 5:30pm. 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 Groundfloor, 'The Station' Building, Duke Street entrance, Queenstown or at The Luxmore Hotel if staying in Te Anau.
Day One: Waterfalls, Pyke River Lodge, Glow Worms
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.
Walking Distance: Approx 17kms (12miles).
Day Two: Lakes, Jet Boating, 1000 Year Old Trees and Wildlife Experience
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.
Walking Distance: Approx 12kms (7miles).
Day Three: Martins Bay Beach and Coastline /Scenic Flight to Milford Sound
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.
Walking Distance: Approx 8 kms (5 miles).
There is an option at additional cost to cruise Milford Sound if you wish.
Pre Departure briefing.
Specialist, experienced guide for the complete itinerary.
Coach transport from Queenstown/Te Anau to the start of the Track.
Lodge accommodation on the Track, in well-appointed twin share rooms with shared bathroom facilities.
All meals on the track
Duvets, towels, shampoo, soap, hairdryers & hot water bottles.
Captivating jet boat journey across Lake McKerrow.
Scenic flight to Milford Sound.
Return coach transport to Queenstown (not applicable if guest chooses to overnight in Te Anau or Milford).
Use of backpacks and rain jackets if required.
We suggest you bring the following items: You will need to bring two sets of clothing - one for hiking and one for the evening.
* Sturdy hiking boots - with ankle support (not too heavy and well broken-in)
* Socks - ideally a wool or thermal blend
* Trousers - we recommend one of two options:
- Either quick-dry shorts with thermal long johns worn underneath (the classic Kiwi look)
- Or quick-dry long hiking trousers
* Thermal top - wool or polypropylene, preferably long sleeved (even in summer!)
* Warm fleece jacket / jumper or similar
* Woollen hat or Beanie / Peaked Cap
* 100% Waterproof jacket with hood
We strongly recommend being covered from wrist to ankle when on the track as protection from sand-flies. Please note that jeans and heavy cotton clothing are unsuitable for walking in Fiordland conditions.
Should you get wet during the day, we have drying rooms at both lodges, so if all gear is lightweight and fast-drying, it should all dry overnight.
* Light shoes / sandals for walking around the lodges
* Trousers or track pants
* Shirt /cosy t-shirt
* Nightwear (whatever you like to sleep in)
* Water bottle - minimum 500ml
* 'Second Skin' blister pack or some sort of blister protection
* Insect repellent and sun block
* Camera with plenty of film/memory card space and charger/batteries
* Credit card/Cash - for any souvenirs, and we sell beer and wine at the lodges
* Personal toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, deodoran
Adult age = 15 years of age and over / Child age = 8 - 14 years
The Weather in Fiordland can be very changeable, the close proximity of towering mountains and ocean makes for conditions and temperatures that can vary markedly during the course of a day.
Summer months average around 20 degrees Celsius. Evenings can be a little cooler but the lodges are warm. Winter average is around 10 degrees Celsius out on the coast with the evenings colder.
Weather can change very rapidly so expect to experience both summer and winter temperatures in one day.
Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand