Hollyford Track

4 - 5 Days

56 km

Highlights

  • Fiordland's two highest peaks
  • Picturesque Alabaster and McKerrow Lakes
  • The roaring cascade of Hidden Falls

Proximity

GRADE: ADVANCED

This track is rarely cut off by snow so you can tramp it in any season (depending on weather).

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Step into the dramatic Hollyford Valley and enter a world that looks the same today as it did thousands of years ago.

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Itinerary

With a range of vegetation, native birdlife and variety of stunning vistas, the Hollyford Track makes for a fantastic hiking experience.

DAY 1

Lower Hollyford Road > Hidden Falls Hut 

An easy first day - sidle along bluffs, cross boardwalks, and meander over swingbridges on the way to the Hidden Falls.

2 - 3 hours walking

DAY 2

Hidden Falls Hut > Lake Alabaster Hut 

Through lowland ribbonwood/podocarps and tall beech trees, climb up to Little Homer Saddle and down to Little Homer Falls. Pass the intersection of Pyke/Hollyford rivers and continue on to Lake Alabaster.

3 - 4 hours walking

DAY 3

Lake Alabaster Hut > McKerrow Island Hut > Demon Trail Hut

Cross the Pyke River swing bridge and journey across relatively level terrain to meet the Hollyford River and on to McKerrow Island.

3 - 4 hours walking

DAY 4

Demon Trail Hut > Hokuri Hut

Follow the historic Demon Trail cattle track along the edge of Lake McKerrow/Wakatipu Waitia. 

5 - 6 hours walking

DAY 5

Hokuri Hut > Martins Bay Hut

Follow the lake shore to the historic settlement of Jamestown. Leave the lake edge and continue past the Hollyford Airstrip and on to the Hollyford River/Whakatipu Ka Tuka mouth.

4 - 5 hours walking 

Department of Conservation

Click the link below for more information on this track.

Hollyford Track

More information

Accommodation:

  • For accommodation before and after the walk, the town of Te Anau offers a range of options.
  • 6 backcountry DOC huts along the way
  • DOC campsite are also available next to the huts. 

 

Guided Walk Operators

 

As with all New Zealand walks it is imporant to be prepared, the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre (part of DOC) in Te Anau are a helpful resource.

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