I did the guided walk, organised by the Hollyford Track group, in early November 2017. The weather wasn't promising and the first day was a 20km walk in steady rain. Having been to Fiordland before, I was prepared for wet and cold weather. The two guides Ellen and Cam were excellent. They were able to tell us about the local environment and the history of the locations we passed through The two lodges (Pykes and Martins Bay) were superb with welcoming staff and gourmet meals; the ideal end to a long days walk. The second day was clear and we got great views of Lake Alabaster and had a good ride down the Hollyford River and Lake McKerrow on the high speed boat driven by Sam. We stopped at the site of the Jamestown settlement and our guides gave a a detailed account of the relevant people and events. After an excellent lunch we walked out to the point to view the seals and penguins. No penguins that day, but saw one seal. Another gourmet meal that night in Martins Bay Hut. On the third day the weather closed in. We had a morning walk on the sand dune and the the boat took us back to the Lodge. The helicopter ride from the lodge to Milford Sound was stunning. A great trip all round. Although it is often fine you do need to be prepared for rain and cold weather even in summer.
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