At the end of an invigorating day exploring our beautiful valley, you'll arrive at your warm, cosy, dry lodge to a hearty welcome and fine cuisine prepared by your friendly and professional hosts. 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.
Our private lodges 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.
Lodge bedrooms are twin share rooms with linen, duvets and hot water bottles also provided. We have a lot of 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 (subject to availability).
Guests 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 second night on the track 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.
All meals on the Hollyford Wilderness Experience are included in your package, from three course evening cuisine, cooked or continental breakfasts, to wilderness lunches and a seemingly endless supply of treats from your guides along the way. Our lodges have full commercial kitchens, and your experienced lodge hosts are there to ensure your time in the lodge 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 journey. Our lodges are fully licensed so you can also enjoy a drink from the selection of New Zealand beverages, be it a refreshing beer, 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 drinks. An impressive antipasto platter including breads, crackers, New Zealand cheeses, cold meats, sushi and garlic prawns, is a prelude to the mouth-watering mains. Dinner consists of quintessential cuisine such as venison and blue cod accompanied by seasonal fresh produce such oven roasted vegetables and leafy greens. And of course no Kiwi meal would be complete without dessert!
Breakfasts are tasty, hearty and well balanced to give you just the right fuel for the day ahead. A hot cuppa or strong coffee 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 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 and if you have any food allergies, please let us know.