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Hollyford 3 Day Wilderness Journey

3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,447

If there is one experience that delivers the diversity and very essence of New Zealand’s vast wilderness it is without a doubt a guided nature walk through the Hollyford Valley.

This trek covers 29km over 3 days and is accessible to most reasonably fit travellers. You’ll visit beautiful Lake Wakatipu before retracing the steps of early explorers past picturesque waterfalls, along the Hollyford River to Pyke River Lodge. Visit the nearby glowworm colony after dark. Enjoy a spectacular walk over Fiordland’s longest swing bridge at Lake Alabaster, before catching a jetboat down the Hollyford River and across Lake McKarrow to Martins Bay, home to a 1000 year old Podocarp forest. Overnight stays at two of Fiordland’s finest lodges will relax and rejuvenate you along the way.


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3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,447


Day 1

Te Anau to Pyke River Lodge

Depart Te Anau by 8:30am. After a brief stop, depart for the Hollyford Valley and the start of the track. You will then retrace the footsteps of early explorers along the Hollyford River to Pyke River Lodge. As the track undulates gently through native beech forest and besides tumbling waterfalls, enjoy interesting historical tales and interpretation of the forest and bird life.

Walking Distance: Approximately 17 kilometres (12 miles)

Tonight you will stay at Pyke River Lodge.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 2

Lakes, Jet Boating and Fur Seals

Begin your day with a short walk to Lake Alabaster and learn of the history and geology of the area while 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 in the wild West Coast. You may see the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.

Walking Distance: Approximately 12 kilometres (7 miles)

Tonight you will stay at Martin's Bay Lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

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 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 Te Anau with stops of interest along the way. Arrive back in Te Anau by approximately 4.30 pm.

Walking Distance: Approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information


Frequent departures from late October to the end of April each year.


  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Return coach transport to Te Anau
  • Backpacks, rain jackets and poles
  • Experienced guide
  • Scenic flight to Milford Sound
  • Jet Boat journey
  • Bedding, towels, shampoo, soap, hairdryers


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

17 Dec 2019
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