Situated in the Fiordland region in the southwest of the South Island, the Hollyford Trial is an all year round, linear trek, following for the most part the beautiful, lush Hollyford Valley. Usually hiked south to north, the trail begins at the Lower Hollyford Road, a two hour drive from Te Anau and ends at Martins Bay on the west coast. It is a popular track although it is not always well defined so navigation skills may be necessary.
The trail has a total elevation cain of 216m and is often muddy with rough terrain as well as stream and river crossings, sometimes unbridged. It is 56km and en route there are six huts with heating, mattresses and a pit toilet, allocated on a first come basis, so no reserving beforehand, although you will need a hut ticket or a backcountry pass, both available from DOC visitor centres. There are no cooking facilities in the huts and if the huts are full, which may occur during holiday periods, camping is permitted beside them.
This trail is graded as advanced, and is suitable for people with good fitness. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
. Dogs are not permitted on the trail. The route will take between 4/5 days to complete although caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here