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Day One - Queenstown to Te Anau

Travel to Te Anau 

Guests embarking on the Hollyford Wilderness Experience can choose to begin their journey with us in either Queenstown or Te Anau. 

Those joining us in Queenstown will meet our private coach in either of the following locations:

2:30pm (onwards) - Central Queenstown Hotels

3:00pm - The Station Building, Duke Street, Queenstown

3:30pm - Queenstown Airport

The journey will take approximately 2 hours. You will be taken straight to your accommodation at the Distinction Hotel & Villas, located at 64 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau. 

Alternatively, you can choose to drive your own vehicle to Te Anau, check into the Distinction Hotel and meet your guides at the pre-departure briefing at 6:30pm.


Day one map


Pre-departure briefing 

Whilst we will send you all the information you need to prepare for your journey with us, we also conduct a pre-departure briefing, which you are required to attend.

Venue: Mackinnon Room, Distinction Hotel & Villas

Time: 6:30pm 

Pre-departure briefings provide an opportunity to meet the other guests in your group. We will cover the details you will need to know for your departure the following morning such as what to bring, what’s provided, and an itinerary breakdown. This is also the opportunity to ask any questions and to collect and make use of our backpacks and rain jackets if required.


Dine and stay at the Distinction Hotel & Villas

Included in your package is accommodation for the night at the Distinction Hotel & Villas with dinner after the briefing and breakfast before meeting the coach on Day Two.


Day Two





Travel by private coach from Queenstown to Te Anau.


Pre-departure briefing and dinner with fellow guests.


Stay the night at the Distinction Hotel.

"Set in an amazing backdrop. The guides and lodge hosts managed to improve on what nature had already made outstanding."

Underside of native fern