Hollyford Track Freedom Plus Itinerary
DAY 1: Arrive in Te Anau
Report in to the Department of Conservation centre to check weather, sign the intentions book and make any last minute purchases. Stay the night in Te Anau.
DAY 2: Te Anau, Milford Sound, Martins Bay Hut
Walk 1 hour
Depart Te Anau for Milford Sound by coach. Board the helicopter at Milford Sound Airport for your scenic flight to Martins Bay Lodge. About an hours walk to Martins Bay Hut at the mouth of the Hollyford River. Visit the fur seal colony at Long Reef on the wild West Coast with the chance to see the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.
DAY 3: Martins Bay Hut, Alabaster Hut
Walk 1 hour / Jet boat 1 hour.
Walk down to the jetty close to the hut and at 8am enjoy a captivating jet boat across Lake McKerrow by-passing the infamous Demon Trail to the Pyke River confluence. Short walk to Alabaster Hut.
DAY 4: Alabaster Hut, Hidden Falls Hut
Walk 2 -3 hours. 10.5 km ( 6.3 m )
Plenty of time to explore Lake Alabaster area before heading off to Hidden Falls Hut past Little Homer Falls and Little Homer Saddle … you gets the picture. Some stunning views along the way finishing with a section of lowland forest draped with ferns and mosses.
DAY 5 : Hidden FallS Hut, Road End
Walk 2 – 3 hours, 9 km ( 5.4 m )
Cross Hidden Falls Creek by swingbridge, over Swamp Creek and surrounding flood prone areas by boardwalk to the end of the road. Shuttle back to Te Anau departs at 1pm or 2:30pm depending on your itinerary. Don’t miss the bus ! 🙂
Please note: Adverse weather may delay flights and jet boat times. Please be patient 🙂
This itinerary may vary depending on availability of flights and jetboat.
Accommodation in Te Anau at a backpackers dorm room is included in this package. We would be happy to arrange a
Accommodation on the trail is in public DOC huts. Bunk beds are generally available in the hut (first in first served so you may need a tent in busy times) no power, toilets are outside and no cooking facilities.
From 24 October to 18 April there are regular departures. These do depend on minimum numbers for the flights and the jet boat but generally if your itinerary is a little flexible we should be able to help you out.
Te Anau has daily shuttle services from Queenstown and Invercargill. We are happy to help with transport arrangements.
A moderate level of fitness is required. To enjoy your walk you need to be able to walk for 4– 8 hours over 10– 19 km ( 6 – 12 miles ) each day. The track is a mixture of natural bush and mountain tracks. You do need carry your own pack from hut to hut which is likely to be 7 to 12 kg. There can be some slips and tree fall which at times may make the going rough.
Your Freedom Plus package includes 4 nights accommodation, track transport ex Te Anau, scenic helicopter flight from Milford Sound to Martins Bay and jet boat from Martins Bay to Pyke River Confluence.
The price per person is NZ$695 including GST. We do not recommend the track for children under 10. Prices are valid to 1 November 2013.