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Thursday, August 19, 2004
Hooray for Hollyford Valley — New Zealand's greatest trek.

One of life's great outdoor experiences is New Zealand's Hollyford Track, and you don't have to be an experienced climber to enjoy it.

The Hollyford Valley in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park is recognised as one of the planet's most protected places and is part of the country's first World Heritage area. It is full of breathtaking beauty. The well-known 56 km track goes along the broad valley through rainforest and beech forests to the Tasman Sea at Martins Bay, and it is quite a comfortable walk.

The Hollyford is classed as a low altitude walk. It's downhill all the way except for a 168 metre rise at Little Homer Saddle, on your first day. Walking groups are limited to a maximum of 16 people and a minimum of one. A fully trained guide is with you every step of the way.

Unlike some wilderness walks, Hollyford is not the place where distance records are to be broken. In fact, it is just the opposite. Each day of the five day 56 km journey is carefully planned to allow you to see and experience everything that particular stage of the walk has to offer.

Almost a central theme to the tours is the Hollyford River and you travel along some sections by boat making it a most unusual trek. Up to 90 kms of boating water is accessible on the Hollyford, its lakes and tributaries.

At the end of each day you can relax in a warm, cosy lodge where hot showers and comfortable beds await. Dinner and breakfast are delicious and hearty.

There are three versions of the guided walk — from four to six days — and one of the best tips for any of them is preparation. It's a good idea to begin some walking before you leave and make sure you have comfortable walking boots and clothing.


Hollyford Valley, 380km SW of Christchurch, NZ.


Hollyford Track 4 day tours including all meals, accommodation and jetboat rides start at $1780 per person.
Qantas flies daily to Christchurch with connections to Queenstown starting at $926 from Sydney, $974 from Brisbane and Melbourne, $1262 from Adelaide, $1332 from Perth and $1618 from Darwin, per person. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of writing but may very at the time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

New Zealand Tourism Board
Ph: 02 9582 5777

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