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“A great walk with knowledgeable guides”
Review of Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track
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3-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic...
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 10 November 2017

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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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Kia ora David,
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that your preparation for carrying wet weather gear helped with enjoying the experience. Fiordland weather is never guaranteed! We pride ourselves on the knowledge and expertise of our guides. They have a wealth of knowledge and love sharing this with guests. Fantastic to know our meals are thoroughly enjoyed. Safe travels. Nga Mihi (Kind Regards), Kate

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

We did the 3 Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk the first for this season starting 21st October and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever done. I choose the Hollyford to celebrate my 50th birthday with my partner Damien and our two best friends. Our guides Graham (G ) and Cameron ( the photo bomber ) were amazing and between them shared a wealth of knowledge to awaken your senses including sight smell and taste buds in the bush.We had great weather even with some showers and loved the catch phrase from Graham " its promising " The lodges were so comfortable and the food was much more than I imagined. Decadent would be the word and plenty of it. Dean and Lotte at the Pyke hut where so welcoming after a long day and the food was out of this world could not have asked for better hosts. Hot water bottles prepared and already warming our beds in the lodge.
Sam ( "Small angry man" his words on how to remember his name ) was our awesome jet boat driver who also clearly loves his job.
Next on to Martins Bay Lodge again with amazing food and stunning lodge ( the lodge was even better than Pyke lodge ) and again hosts that went out of their way to make everyone welcome.
To finish with the helicopter ride into Milford Sound was something i will never forget my eyes actually watered as we flew in past Anita bay . Could not recommend this trip enough.

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Kia ora Pictonbear,
Thank you for your review. What a wonderful way to celebrate your 50th birthday! We think it is a pretty special experience so we are so pleased you had the most amazing experience. The guys always know how to make a memorable trip with their stories and sense of humor! We hope you got lots of photos to show you family and friends. The helicopter ride is breathtaking isn't it. Happy birthday. Safe travels. Nga Mihi (Kind Regards), Kate

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Reviewed 14 April 2017

My sister and I Tramped your special place the mountains to the sea in November 2016 and it sure lived up to its name as your beautiful velley feel very priveledged to have been guided by Justin and Miki and to experience the diversIty of the different bush the welcoming of the lodge hosts was something special the dolphins playing behind the jet boat to the penguins amongst the rocks and the final treat the helicopter trip was just so enjoyable and all done in perfect sunshine spectacular scenery I recommend anyone doing the trip it's truly a trip of a lif time Marie D

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

Kia ora Marie,
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you had an amazing experience with the Hollyford Track team - Justin and Miki are fantastic guides don't you think. It is an incredible place to visit and we love being able to share it with guests. Some would say it is a hard place to leave. Hope you got some great photos. Safe travels. Kind Regards, Kate

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Reviewed 10 April 2017

I did the 3 Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk and it was 1 of the most amazing experiences I've ever done. I took my parents who are 64-66 years old and it was great for them too as barely any steep terrain on the walk. The lodges were so comfortable and the food was much more than I imagined. Decadent would be the word.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather and had blue sky's almost the entire time. To finish with a helicopter ride into Milford Sound was something ill never forget.
Probably the best thing about it was the guides, Justin and Mickey had so much knowledge and passion for the valley it was contagious.

7  Thank Brent P
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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Hollyford Track, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Kia ora Brent,
Thank you for your review. It is wonderful to hear you had the most amazing experience through the Hollyford Valley. What a great trip to have with your parents. We hope you got some family photos to reminiscence about your trip when you get home. Fantastic that the weather was kind to you too. The helicopter ride to Milford Sound is quite breathtaking isn't it. I will be sure to pass your compliments onto Justin and Miki. Safe travels. Kind Regards, Kate

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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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