Have just done the full Hollyford track and are astonished by the earlier reviews! This is a hard multi-day tramp! The trail is free but hut passes are required for accommodation. Total walking time over four days is around 22 hours. The first section to Alabaster is relatively easy, similar to a Great Walk track. After this it becomes very much harder with days up to 6-8 hours, very difficult terrain (slippery rocks/logs; 3 wire bridges (can be pretty scary), stream crossings that may be impassible). In addition, one of the huts is usually inaccessible after rain.
All food etc must be carried. Exit options are; walk out (another 4-5 days plus food etc), flying out or jet boat back to the Pike confluence which leaves an extra 5 hours walk back to the roadend.
A fantastic trip but NOT an easy walk. For folk who have done some of the Great Walks, this is a very big step up!
A surprisingly good walk. Did it because the great walks were booked out. Relatively flat hike. Some nice hidden waterfalls because of all the rain.
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Easy walk beside Mt Cook range, ends in front of Hollyford Lake. There is a view to the Glacier. we did not have good weather so we did not see Mt Cook behind the scenery. A few swing bridges are fun.
Relatively flat hike through a forested valley. The hidden falls was one of our favourite waterfalls in New Zealand! The rest of the track can be monotonous with only brief mountain or river views.
A less travelled walk, but still as beautiful as the 'Great' Walks. Highly recommended.
Just stunning, very well maintained. Signposted not so good off main road.
A great walk through rain forest with giant ferns, great views, falls etc.
J P Paulvast
Non commercial best piece of nature not for faint hearted. Awesome fly in and walk out (medium fitness)