Moraine creek route view down valley

Image: Thomas Utting | Creative Commons


This challenging tramping route leads up the Moraine Creek from the Hollyford Road to beautiful Lake Adelaide in an impressive glacial basin.

Track overview

5.5 km one way

Walking and tramping

7-9 hr to lake, 9-11 hr to bivvy rock Expert: Route

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


To start this challenging tramping route, cross the Hollyford River by the swingbridge at the top of the gorge above the Humboldt Creek junction.

The track up the north bank of Moraine Creek climbs steadily through heavy bush, crossing two rock gullies and eventually reaching Lake Adelaide. Phil’s Bivvy is further around the lake.

Lake Adelaide is nestled in an impressive glacial basin with sheer rock walls. This track provides excellent access to the mountains for experienced climbers.

Getting there

This route starts from the end of the unsealed Hollyford Road.

To find the Hollyford Road, turn off from the Milford Road (SH94) at Marian Corner, a few minutes towards Milford Sound from The Divide. Marian Corner 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.

Know before you go

This is a route so you will need above average fitness and high level backcountry (remote areas) skills and experience, including navigation and survival skills.

Please note that there is avalanche risk in the entire Lake Adelaide basin especially in winter and spring, so please check with the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre for track conditions before starting.


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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