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Preparing for your trip

The Hollyford Wilderness Experience is a well formed valley walk, suitable for most ages (10+) and abilities.

However, the days are long. The first day of walking in particular can be quite tiring for some as you walk 19.5km in approximately 7 hours while carrying your own pack. From Day Three your pack is transported for you while you carry a smaller day pack that we provide for your daily essentials. If you have a reasonable level of fitness you will find it pleasantly challenging, and highly rewarding!

To prepare yourself, we recommend structuring a training programme (at least 6 weeks beforehand) to ensure your walk with us is comfortable and therefore enjoyable.



A few helpful training tips:

  • Start simple and around town - brisk walks of approximately 1 hour.
  • Wear a backpack weighing about 6kgs to simulate what you will carry on Day One (only) of your Hollyford walk.
  • One month out increase your walks to 3 hours – more as you get fitter - and try bush tracks or uneven terrain to develop balance and the different muscle groups needed.
  • Hills and stair work will greatly improve fitness.
  • Remember hydration and nutrition even in training – drink plenty of water and eat snack foods such as muesli bars, banana chips and chocolate.