Itinerary Day 3 with award

Day Three - Ka Tuku Lodge to Martins Bay

Wander to Lake Alabaster 

As the morning sun shines over the mountains enjoy a delicious breakfast before a short walk to the glistening Lake Alabaster and the optional crossing of one of Fiordland’s longest swing bridges.

Today we cover 15km by foot. Your main pack will be transported to Waitai Lodge and we will provide you with a light day pack for your daily essentials.

Explore Lake McKerrow by jet boat 

After a short walk to the jetty, you'll board our jet boat for the next part of your adventure.

These powerful and safe machines provide an exciting scenic ride along the Hollyford River and down to Lake McKerrow, where the glassy waters whisk past and the mountains rise dramatically above. 

Make a short stop in at the ill-fated Jamestown to hear the tales and tragedies of this early settlement. 

Marvel in the podacarp forest 

Say farewell to your jetboat driver as you make your way into the awe-inspiring podocarp forest. You’ll pass ancient forests with thousand year old giants such as native Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea.

Stop for lunch as the towering lowland forest transforms into a tenacious coastal garden.


Relax at Waitai Lodge

In the late afternoon we explore the rugged West Coast before heading to Waitai Lodge where a warm welcome awaits you.

Take off your boots and relax with a glass of wine before dinner is served. Watch the sun set over the Hollyford River and toast the memories of a wonderful day.


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After a hearty breakfast, start the day with a 4km walk.

Jet boat

Explore the Hollyford river and Lake McKerrow by boat.


Walk 11km through ancient forests toward the coast.


Finish the day with a sumptuous three course dinner.


Settle in for the night at the cosy, Waitai Lodge.

"The bird life in the forest near Martins Bay was a particular highlight - hard to hear others speak at times."

Close up of native flowers