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“Time efficient tramping”
Review of Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Managed to include a trek (or tramp) into our 3 week trip around South Island. We're experienced walkers and wanted to experience one of the classic treks during our trip so the Hollyford Track ticked all the boxes.
We were extremely lucky with the weather, enjoyed the company of the rest of the group, the guides were exceptional (Bard & Miki). The accommodation at both Pyke Lodge & Martins bay were very comfortable and the food exceeded expectations.
This isn't a challenging trek, no real climbs but I'm sure if the going is wet, you could get very muddy and really need the drying room at the lodge. The first day is the longest, (about 19k walking), especially if you start out from Queenstown as pick up is at 6.30am before the transfer firstly to Te Anau then the start point of the trek. Day 2 is about 15k but the terrain is more varied, ending up at the Tasman Sea looking at the Seals. Day 3 is about 5k and ends by lunchtime for the helicopter transfer to Milford Sound which was amazing.
Very well organised, if you are transferring back to Queenstown don't expect to arrive much before 6.30pm so it is a long day of travelling.
Very well organised, a good way to combine seeing Fiordland and a trek.

2  Thank Liz W
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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2017

Kia ora Liz,
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you were able to fit a Hollyford Trip into your busy 3 weeks around the South Island. Bard and Miki are amazing aren't they. You can't help be fully engaged when they are guiding you through the valley. You are right about this walk not being too difficult making it easy for those who don't do lots of walking but want to have an amazing experience. The helicopter flight is a great way to finish. Safe travels. Kind Regards, Kate

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

If you are looking to do something with your teenagers then this 3 day hike is it! We set off with a group of about 16 other walkers, all of moderate fitness levels. Ours was the only family in the group. My teenage boys(14 and 16) were out the front with our knowledgable guide Graham, whilst Cameron entertained my husband and I at the back of the group with his stories of travel in other lands. This gave my sons the opportunity to push themselves and walk at teenage pace(they are fitter than their mother!), without my husband and I holding them back.

The bush was amazing, green, pristine and beautiful. The jet boat ride was a nice break from the walking and the helicopter ride into Milford Sound was superlative and something I will always remember, My sons were speechless! Of course Fiordland is wet, it is a rainforest after all, so do not be surprised if it rains - in fact you should expect it too. The lodges were well appointed and amenities clean. The food was fabulous, plentiful and accommodation comfortable. I would highly recommended this experience to families with older children who enjoy the outdoors.

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

Kia ora,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful memorable trip with your family through the Hollyford Track. Hope you got some great photos. It is quite a special place and we love sharing it with visitors. Graeme and Cameron are fantastic! The delicious food is well deserved after the long days. A good rain jacket will help with walking through the rainforest. Safe travels. Kind Regards, Kate

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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Pouring rain, mud all over, wet up to the underwear. Nevertheless you could feel the magic power of nature. And rejoice.
Great and passionate guide.

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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. Fantastic to hear even though it was quite wet you enjoyed the trip. It definitely is a great place to rejoice. Safe travels. Kind Regards,Kate

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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.

1  Thank JEHSAH
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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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