Hollyford Track Wilderness Experience
The Hollyford 4 Day Wilderness Journey is an all-inclusive spectacular journey into the most beautiful valley in New Zealand. It’s a walk from the heart of New Zealand - The Southern Alps, to its western boundary - The Tasman Sea. 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.
Your Holiday Package Includes:
- Return economy class flight from Sydney to Queenstown
- 1 night 4-star accommodation in Queenstown
- 4 day Hollyford Track Guided Wilderness Experience
- Return coach transport from Queenstown
- Pre-departure briefing (Luxmore Hotel)
- Group dinner at the Distinction Luxmore hotel
- One night's accommodation, dinner & breakfast at the Distinction Luxmore hotel in Te Anau
- Friendly, knowledgeable & professional guides
- Wilderness jet boat journey
- Amazing helicopter flight into Milford Sound
- Friendly professional lodge hosts
- Track accommodation in well-appointed private lodges
- Beddings, towels, soap, shampoo & hairdryers
- All meals on the track
- Use of backpacks, rain jackets & walking poles (if required)
- 1 night 4-star accommodation in Queenstown
- Return shared airport transfers
Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 20-25 March 2023
Solo traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details
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Hollyford Wilderness Experience
The Hollyford Wilderness Experience is a 4 day / 3-night all-inclusive adventure exploring the remote and spectacular Hollyford Valley, which has remained largely untouched for thousands of years. Following your experienced guide, you will traverse this historic valley by foot, jet boat, and finally, helicopter as your guide brings to life the diversity of the landscape, vegetation, wildlife, and history. You will enjoy cuisine prepared and served by friendly lodge hosts while relaxing in a well-appointed private lodges. A maximum number of 16 people in your group provides for a personal experience, with your guide sharing their intimate knowledge of the area with you. The human history in the Hollyford Valley is just as incredible as the scenery. Throughout your multi day 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. It is a wonderful way to explore the very essence of New Zealand’s wilderness.
Queenstown to Te Anau
Begin your adventure by travelling from Queenstown to the lakeside town of Te Anau on our private coach to attend a comprehensive pre-departure briefing. Your knowledgeable guides will talk you through all you need to know before setting off, what to include in your tramping pack and the chance to answer any questions you may have. Mix and mingle over dinner with your fellow walkers before settling into your hotel room for the evening.
Te Anau to Pyke Lodge
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking our private coach into the remote Hollyford Valley to begin your Wilderness Experience. On this first day within the valley you will walk 19.5km exploring hidden waterfalls, wandering through ancient native bush in awe of the plethora of green shades around you. Learn about the unique flora and fauna and hear tales of those who roamed the paths of the Hollyford before you. Finish the day at Pyke Lodge, nestled beneath Mt. Madeline, where welcoming lodge hosts and an impressive three-course meal awaits. Celebrate the day’s achievements over a glass of Central Otago wine or a locally produced craft beer.
Pyke Lodge to Martins Bay
Start your day with a plentiful breakfast at Pyke Lodge before heading out on a short walk to Wāwāhi Waka (Lake Alabaster), on your way back stop at the infamous Pyke bridge – the longest swing bridge in Fiordland National park. Embark by jet boat down the Hollyford River and across Lake McKerrow to the podocarp forest where you’ll encounter thousand-year-old rimu, kahikatea and totara giants. As you edge closer to the rugged West Coast, ancient forests will transform into coastal gardens, and a bay of boulders where you’ll marvel at the local Fiordland crested penguins and New Zealand fur seals. Arrive at your home for the night at Martins Bay lodge where your three course meal and toast in celebration of the vast array of vistas encountered today awaits.
Martins Bay to Queenstown
After another hearty cooked breakfast, you will be ready to embark on your final walking leg of the Hollyford journey, exploring Martins Bay Spit which separates the Hollyford Valley from the Tasman Sea. Explore the sand dunes and wander along the isolated beach at your own pace, taking in the rugged beauty of the wild West Coast. Return to Martins Bay Lodge to embark on your scenic helicopter flight back through the iconic and dramatic Milford Sound. Marvel at the grandeur of vertical granite cliff faces and breathtaking waterfalls hidden away in the lush native forest. Upon arrival into Milford Sound, your friendly coach driver will be awaiting to drive you back to Queenstown (or Te Anau if desired) via the impressive Milford Road.
Terms & Conditions
Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 26 Jul 2022 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Airfares are based on economy class flights from Sydney and are subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. 241xtra pricing does not require a 241 certificate.