Update as at 3.07.20 - We are pleased to announce the Hollyford Track 3 Day Wilderness Experience will be opening for a shorter season from 2 January to 29 March 2021!
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Whilst Hollyford Track is in the isolated and rugged wilderness of Fiordland, New Zealand, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy all the comforts of home. Our lodges have been purpose designed and built to provide you with a level of comfort and indulgence in a place you would least expect it.
Pyke Lodge (Left) and Martins Bay Lodge (Right) both sleep 16 guests in twin share accommodation.
Our private lodges are exclusively for the use of our guided walkers, and are very well appointed with dining and lounge areas, open fires, drying rooms, separate flush toilet and shower facilities with unlimited hot water, soap, shampoo, towels and hair dryers provided.
The lodges run on battery bank powered electricity, and we do conserve energy by turning off some electrical facilities overnight. However, lighting is available throughout the night, and we still have 24hr power in the lounge area for charging cameras etc..The lodge bedrooms are twin share rooms with linen, duvets and hot water bottles also provided. We have many guests that travel alone, and many find it a real opportunity to walk and interact with other guests. In this instance we can simply pair you up with a guest of the same gender. However, if you would like to guarantee your own room, you do have the option of paying a single supplement of $700 (subject to availability).
Guests on our 3 Day Wilderness Experience spend their first evening on the track at the rustic Pyke Lodge nestled beneath the converging mountain ranges and amongst native forest at the confluence of the Hollyford and Pyke Rivers. Pyke Lodge is often graced with spectacular views of the sun setting and rising over the majestic Mt Madeline and Darran Range.
The evening of day two of the 3 Day Wilderness Experience and the overnight ocmponent of the 2 Day Heli Escape is spent at Martins Bay Lodge on the lowland flats close to mouth of the Hollyford River. Cheeky Kea, a large alpine parrot, often play in the Cabbage Trees outside the lodge at dusk and the sound of the surf on nearby Martins Bay Spit is a soothing evening soundtrack.
Both lodges provide a home away from home, their level of appointment and comfort belies the splendid isolation of this remote wilderness area. Our lodges are a great place to unwind at the end of each day, enjoy our hospitality, share stories with new friends, to relax and read a book, or simply to watch the beauty of the night descending and reflect upon your day.
All meals on the Hollyford Track are provided, from 3 course evening cuisine, cooked and/or continental breakfasts to wilderness lunches and a seemingly endless supply of treats from your guides along the way. Our lodges have full commercial kitchen facilities and your lodge hosts, who are experienced chefs and hosts are there to ensure your time in the lodges is as memorable as your time on the track.
From years of hosting experience we know you will have worked up an appetite after an invigorating day’s walk and therefore plentiful refreshments and food are provided throughout your Hollyford Track experience. Our lodges are fully licensed so you can also enjoy a drink from the selection of New Zealand beverages, be it a refreshing beer at the end of the days walking, a fine Central Otago Pinot Noir over dinner or a celebratory glass of bubbles to toast your day.
Upon arrival at the lodges you’ll enjoy your preference of hot or cold drink. An impressive antipasto platter including breads, crackers, New Zealand cheeses, cold meats, sushi and garlic prawns, just to name a few, is a prelude to the mouth-watering mains. Dinner consists of quintessential cuisine such as venison or Salmon accompanied by seasonal fresh produce such oven roasted vegetables, leafy greens to saffron infused rice.
And of course no Kiwi meal would be complete without dessert; we guarantee our sweet dishes especially will have you asking the lodge hosts for the recipe.
Breakfasts are tasty, hearty and well balanced to give you just the right fuel for the day ahead. A hot cuppa or strong brew will kick start your day with a continental breakfast selection of cereal, fruit and toast and a full cooked breakfast including eggs benedict.
Lunches include rolls, wraps, biscuits, cake and fruit, and, weather depending, are often enjoyed outdoors amidst a spectacular wilderness setting. Throughout each day, your ever attentive guides are never far off with a high energy snack to keep you going.
Given our remote location it is difficult to cater specifically to all diet requests. However, we can cater for the following, if we know well in advance of your arrival:
At the time of booking, you will be asked to confirm any such dietary requirements, likewise, if you have any food allergies, please let us know.
Your lodge hosts take great pride and delight in preparing superb cuisine and your meals are a real treat of the Hollyford Track experience.