Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track, Fiordland National Park: Address, Hollyford Track Reviews: 5/5

Hollyford Track
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Katherine d
2 contributions
Such a remarkable place
Mar 2021
My daughter and I walked the track in mid-March. During the trip our guides Suzanne and Robyn wove together geology, botany, Maori and Pakeha history and a sense of wonder and appreciation of this remarkable area. The lodge hosts provided wonderful food, and were good to talk to, and the jet boat driver was a pleasure to travel with. Hot showers and twin rooms an added bonus. The weather was fine until the last day when we had a taste of Fiordland's driving rain and wind. Helicopter flight back to Milford Sound beautiful.
Walking was easy with well-made track, no hill work, and interspersed with pauses to look at something, jet-boat ride, a snack etc . No pressure to rush - there was a place for both "botanists" and "bolters". The pre-departure briefing, round-up of each day after dinner, and gathering back at Te Anau enjoyable.
Our trip in 2020 was cancelled due to floods - communication from the Hollyford Wilderness Experience was excellent, as was advice about pre-trip training, clothing required etc.
Written 30 May 2021
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TRO
1 contribution
Magical
Mar 2021
This was a magical few days, easily one of the best experiences I've had in New Zealand over 30 years. The scenery is stunning and so varied, and the trip is very well run. I admit to having some hesitation about going on a "guided" walk but there's no way we would have enjoyed it as much without our splendid guides -- Suzanne and Pam. They were so knowledgeable about the history, flora and birdlife and so personable, enthusiastic and attentive to the needs of everyone in our group, ensuring we all had the best experience possible while maintaining a relaxed and casual atmosphere along with all the other staff on the ground -- from the helicopter pilot and jet boat driver to the great hosts at both lodges.
Written 28 April 2021
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IP Travels
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
Amazing adventure
Mar 2021
This is a great experience in a stunning part of New Zealand. Our guides (Becs and Ellie) were awesome, giving lots of insight into both the history and the environment. All the staff at the lodges were great and the food of a very high quality. There is still plenty of walking to do (in between jet boat and helicopter rides) although the terrain is largely flat. The bird life in the forest near Martins Bay was a particular highlight - hard to hear others speak at times. We would highly recommend this trip - three days of warm sunny weather helps. Remember your swimming togs - a swim at Martins Bay is very special.
Written 13 April 2021
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kiwiana7902014
Auckland, New Zealand58 contributions
Fantastic
Feb 2021
This is a walk through valley terrain rather than over ridges and passes which was a big plus for me. The jet boat and helicopter rides enhanced the views and experiences. The variety of scenery was wonderful; beech forest, podocarp forest, river, lake, mountain, sand dune and beach landscapes. Another big plus was the fascinating social history of the area; Maori legends and the trials, tribulations and personalities of Maori and European settlers. These histories were brought to life by Suzanne’s delightful story telling voice, tone and pace. Everyone we dealt with from Hollyford Walks; the people answering the phone and emails, the bus driver, the jet boat driver, the lodge hosts, the guides Suzanne and Pam; were a credit to the company. Previous comments about the wonderful gourmet food are correct! This was a fantastic experience.
Written 10 March 2021
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Ken W
6 contributions
Enjoy nature in style
Feb 2021 • Friends
Set in an amazing backdrop ... the guides and lodge hosts managed to improve on what nature had already made outstanding. An absolute privilege to visit this part of NZ, treated like family by the hosts. Our guides Jase and Eileen were unbelievably caring, funny and knowledgeable. To say “thank you” seems inadequate.
Written 17 February 2021
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Lyndell
31 contributions
Just Awesome!!
Feb 2021 • Friends
This adventure is 3 totally amazing days... we were totally spoilt with 2 cool guides, Jase and Eileen. Amazing food, Cozy accommodation. 2 helicopter rides and 3 jet boats. And yes we did do a bit of walking more like 35-40kms through an interesting variety of Bush and sea scapes which have most interesting NZ history attached.
Written 17 February 2021
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Miriam C
9 contributions
Awesome experience in Fiordland
Feb 2021 • Friends
Our Hollyford experience went beyond our expectations. Our guides Jase and Eileen (EI) were outstanding and had a real passion for the ecology, history and were also very thoughtful for all the walkers wellbeing. The lodge hosts were so welcoming and hospitable, yet quietly in the background providing for us - food was amazing - highly recommended.
Written 13 February 2021
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Stephanie P
25 contributions
Hollyford guided walk 3 days
Feb 2021 • Couples
The Hollyford guided walk was one of my favourite walks so far. We had fantastic service from the company from luxurious lodges to freshly cooked meals. Our guide, Bard, made the trip. He is a wealth of knowledge about the forest, Maori history and how the geographical landscape has formed over time. I would recommend this walk to anyone who wants to learn about the forest and wildlife, while staying in comfortable lodges. Awesome helicopter ride and jet boating experience too.
Written 4 February 2021
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Brad P
4 contributions
What a guide to round out a trip
Feb 2021 • Couples
I would just like to say how amazing Bard is as a guide and how he made our trip the memorable experience that it was! Cheers for the great hike and energy! Brad P
Written 4 February 2021
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Alipa50
Wellington, New Zealand1,522 contributions
Super Trip
Jan 2021 • Couples
This was an organised, professional tramp thru the most beautiful bush. The three days covered a variety of terrain from bush to the coast. Our guide Becs was an asset as her knowledge of plants, birds and history was very good. The track was an easy walk for a fit person. The meals and lodges were high quality. I have hundreds of amazing photos to sort now as there were so many opportunities for stunning photo snaps. Recommended good tramping boots and the best raincoat you can find. There were many highlights but the helicopter flight out was very special.
Written 6 January 2021
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