• You-know-who gets creative at Martins Bay at the end of the Hollyford Track.
    You-know-who gets creative at Martins Bay at the end of the Hollyford Track.
  • Checking out the alpine views on the walk.
    Checking out the alpine views on the walk.
  • A glorious panorama of Martins Bay.
    A glorious panorama of Martins Bay.
  • A gorgeous bridge crossing on the Hollyford.
    A gorgeous bridge crossing on the Hollyford.
  • Local fungus on the trail.
    Local fungus on the trail.
  • Cruising up Lake McKerrow.
    Cruising up Lake McKerrow.
  • A DIY compass in the sands of Martins Bay.
    A DIY compass in the sands of Martins Bay.
  • The second night is spent at Martins Bay Lodge.
    The second night is spent at Martins Bay Lodge.
  • Our guide Graeme Scott shows us what's left of the McKenzie homestead, one of the early pioneering families in the area.
    Our guide Graeme Scott shows us what's left of the McKenzie homestead, one of the early pioneering families in the area.
  • The first night on the Hollyford we stayed at Pyke Lodge.
    The first night on the Hollyford we stayed at Pyke Lodge.
  • Walking one of several swing bridges along the Hollyford Track.
    Walking one of several swing bridges along the Hollyford Track.
  • You-know-who gets creative at Martins Bay at the end of the Hollyford Track.
    You-know-who gets creative at Martins Bay at the end of the Hollyford Track.
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Planning a hike in New Zealand? Then make sure you consider doing the Hollyford Track in the South Island.

The Hollyford Track is unusual among Fiordland's major tracks as it's largely flat and accessible year-round.

There are two ways to walk it, as an independent walker (the loop walk via the Demon Trail will take over a week) staying at the well-made DOC (Dept of Conservation) huts or doing the three-day Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience with Ngai Tahu Tourism, owned and run by the South Island's main Maori tribal group, Ngai Tahu, and staying in comfortable private huts.

Whichever way you walk the Hollyford, it's certainly one you'll remember for a long time.

Photos_Peter Tabor.

 

 

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