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“Memorable 3-day hike”
Review of Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track
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US$1,344.95*
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3-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic...
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Hollyford Track has been on my bucket list for a few years, and I was excited to finally join up for the guided tour early Feb. I joined a group of 12 other hikers from across the globe, and have to say it exceeded all my expectations - we were blessed by the weather gods all 3 days of the hike, and apparently had the best conditions of the season (so far!). I was attracted to this walk as it gives a variety of scenery from forest to coast, and the reality was many “oh wow!” breath-taking moments throughout the hike. We spotted all sorts of native birdlife, penguin, seals and a lone dolphin frolicking along the Hollyford River. We were well looked after by Justin and Cam (our guides), the lodge hosts at Pyke and Martins Bay lodges, our jet-boat driver, helicopter pilot and the bus drivers who got us to/from our destinations. The lodges were comfortable and well-fortified from the relentless sandflies; there were hot showers, drying rooms and top notch cuisine (breakfast, lunch and dinner). We were well debriefed on every aspect of the trip along the way, including health & safety hazards, and our guides provided a good bit of banter and camaraderie with us all. Justin taught us all about the forest, wildlife, ecosystems, the challenges faced by early settlers, ancient Maori myths and history of the early Maori culture, and the legendary Davey Gunn – what shone through was Justin’s passion for the knowledge he was sharing with us, and I’ve come away with a renewed respect for the intricate ecosystem community that lives within this National Park. Justin and Cam made sure we went out there every day ready to tackle the challenges positively and make some memories for ourselves, which we definitely did.

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2017

Kia ora,
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that Justin and Cam, lodge hosts, jet boat and bus driver gave you a memorable trip full of learning and relaxation. It is defintielty a special place with many 'wow' moments. We hope you got lots of great photos to share with friends and family. Safe travels. Kind Regards, Kate

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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Spectacular and varied scenery. A lovely experience knowledgable and helpful guides.

Rooms in the lodges are absolutely MINUTE accomodating two people in stacked bunks in a tiny room. I cannot understand why accomodation isn't improved, there is plenty of space to expand into.

Food was lovely, the guide terrific.

But standing in the rain, or sun or in a swarm of biting sand flies (often) is not my idea of fun- there should be another way to impart knowledge.

Jet boat and helicopter rides were highlights.

Wouldn't hesitate to do the walk again and would recommend it but other than the first days track, it's less a walking track than an educational, historic and environmental excursion.

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2017

Kia ora,
Thank you for your review. Your feedback is very helpful and we are currently looking into lodge improvements. Our guides are incredibly knowledge and love sharing their knowledge so we are pleased you enjoyed this part along with the food on your trip. The sandflies are unfortunate and are not usually dominant when its raining. We do recommend a good repellent to help this. Safe travels. Kind Regards, Kate

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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Our guide was late so half of the group delayed getting to Martins Bay on helicopter.
Once at Martins Bay we all had a great picnic lunch and headed off for an afternoon guided walk to the head to see the seals.
Headed back after watching the baby seals for 30 mins to meet our jetboat for a lift to Martins Bay lodge.
We we shown to our bunk bedded room and showered in the communal bathroom facilities and then headed to the lounge. Good selection of craft beers and local wines available are standard prices. Joan and Murray our hosts brought out a pre dinner platter of local meats and cheeses which was fabulous.
Our main course was crumbed grouper with rice and salad followed by brownies.
Breakfast of porridge, fruit, yoghurt cereal toast and full English followed!
Couldn't fault the lodge and service provided by Murray, Joan and boatman Mark.
After breakfast we were taken on a Jetboat ride down to Pye Lodgd to start our days hiking of the Hollyford Track, unfortunately in the pouring rain as the weather had changed drastically. Ellen our guide came good with excellent work on the water damaged route getting us safely to Sunshine Hut for lunch. A great mug of tea with venison ciabatta rolls enticed the sun out for the rest of the walk!

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Kia ora,
Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear the weather wasn't kind to you on your trip. The area is known for being a rainforest and this is why the area is so lush. Hopefully you had a good raincoat. The lunch at Sunshine hut would have been a welcome relief with the rain. Martins Bay Lodge is a wonderful place and I will be sure to pass your compliments onto Murray and Joan. Great to hear that Ellen and Mark were able to navigate the wet track. Safe travels. Kind Regards, Kate

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The hollyford was the most amazing trip I've ever been on. The views take your breath away!! The staff are absolutely fabulous they're so kind and always make you smile. Thank you ❤❤
Ps. The marketing team should put in more photos of the rain

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Aloise_NTT_Southern, Marketing Intern at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2017

Kia Ora,

First of all thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are so pleased you had the most amazing experience with the Hollyford Track team. It is quite breathtaking through the valley right to the coast and back to Milford. We love the photos you were able to capture in the rain.

Safe travels. Kind regards, Aloise.

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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

3 days walking through ancient native rain forest, jet boating across Lake McKerrow, exploring Martins Bay with the seals and learning the local history of the Valley it's early settlers and the native flora and fauna. The guides Justin and Miki were fun, extremely knowledgeable about the Valley and looked after us perfectly. The lodges were clean, the food plentiful and excellent and the lodge hosts perfect. 1000 year old trees, native birds, good company, amazing scenery, jet boats, fur seals, discovering the Valley history and finally a helicopter flight up Milford Sound with 100's of waterfalls as we flew through some Fiordland rain! Amazing Trip!

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Aloise_NTT_Southern, Marketing Intern at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2017

Kia Ora,

Thank you for writing your review. We are delighted you had an amazing experience with the Hollyford Track team. It is quite breathtaking through the valley right to the coast and seeing some seals was a bonus! We pride ourselves on our guides being experts and passionate about the area who love to share their knowledge. I will be sure to pass on your compliments to Justin and Miki.

Safe travels. Kind regards, Aloise.

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