Hollyford Valley

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Highlights of the Hollyford Track include its backcountry mountains to sea journey in any season, great facilities, coastal wildlife and other adventure activities.

A journey from mountains to the sea

The Hollyford Track gives you a fantastic all round experience of Fiordland National Park.

You begin at the most impressive Fiordland terrain in the Darran Mountains area, and tramp for 4-5 days down the Hollyford River/Whakatipu Kā Tuka to the sea at Martins Bay.

You will walk through lush forest, beside a mighty river, alongside beautiful lakes then out to the wild West Coast.

A tramp you can do any time of year

With no alpine sections, this track is rarely cut off by snow so you can tramp it in any season (depending on weather).

Even in the rain this valley is still lovely for day walks or tramping, unlike walks in exposed alpine areas (however flooding can sometimes affect the track so check conditions before you go). 

Great track and hut facilities

The Hollyford Track has excellent, comfortable huts and a good track, but is still a backcountry experience in Fiordland National Park.

It’s a good trip for you if you are fit, and like being a little off the beaten track, but still want a good, well marked track and huts to stay in.

See coastal wildlife

Nearing the coast, you may be lucky enough to see native wildlife, including NZ fur seals, penguins, herons, and occasionally dolphins.

Many activities and adventures

Other activities in the Hollyford Track area include day walks, guided walks (day or multi-day), climbing, trout fishing, deer hunting and kayaking.  

Also, if you are a skilled and experienced tramper you may like to extend your adventure to include the challenging Pyke – Big Bay Route.

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