Swingbridge on the Hollyford Track

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Read information to prepare for your Hollyford Track trip, including how to get there, weather and safety information.

Getting there

The Hollyford Track begins at the end of Lower Hollyford Road, which turns off of SH94 Milford Road shortly after The Divide. The turn off point is called Marian Corner, and is about 87 km along the Milford Road from Te Anau.

Allow 2 hours to drive from Te Anau to the end of the Hollyford Road.

Transport services

There are regular transport services available during the summer season. During winter they are on demand only and may not be available.

There are fly-bus packages available, offering transport between Te Anau, the Hollyford Road track entrance and Milford Sound.

During summer, there is a jetboat service available on Lake McKerrow on certain days with the Hollyford Track Guided Walk. Advance reservations essential. The boat goes from Martins Bay to the Pyke River confluence. 

Safety considerations

Plan properly for your trip and make sure your group has a capable leader. Be sure you have all the necessary equipment and clothing. Physical fitness and good equipment will make all the difference to your enjoyment of the trip.

Always tell someone you trust where you are going and when you are due back.

See Safety in the outdoors for details.

What to expect on the track

Check current track conditions before you go with the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau.

Track conditions

  • Sections of the track can become impassable after heavy rain, especially along the Demon Trail area, and at the Jerusalem River between Hokuri and Martin’s Bay huts.
  • Some sections are rough and muddy and not well defined. Orange markers will guide the way.
  • Tree falls are possible.

River crossings and bridges

  • Expect unbridged stream and river crossings particularly during and following rainfall
  • Flooding is possible on parts of the track during and following rainfall
  • There are several three-wire bridges on the Demon Trail section
  • Hokuri Creek is bridged but if you choose to cross it, note that it looks tame but is disconcertingly swift.

Stay on the tracks. If you become lost - stop, find shelter, stay calm and wait for searchers to find you.

What to take

Be prepared for at least one wet day on your trip - Fiordland is a high rainfall area.

All trampers need to carry a sleeping bag, cooking stove and equipment, sufficient food, first aid kit and good waterproof / warm clothing including gloves and hat. What are sufficient supplies? See Mountain Safety Council for details.

Suggested packlist:

Clothing and equipment

Bring spare clothing for evenings. It is not possible to dry clothes in the huts.

  • Waterproof jacket and rain pants
  • Wool, polypropylene, fleece layers; warm hat and gloves
  • Strong hiking boots, gaiters
  • Food - lightweight, fast cooking and high energy, with extra food in case of delays
  • Water bottle or hydration pack, 1-2 litre capacity or more
  • First aid kit, survival kit
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Map and compass or GPS - and know how to use them
  • Personal Locator Beacon in case of emergency, optionally Mountain Radio for weather forecast information

For the huts or campsites

Most equipment is available for rent or purchase in Te Anau.

  • Gas cooking stove with fuel and matches/lighter
  • Pot, plate, mug and eating utensils
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • Lightweight shoes
  • Ear plugs

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

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