Swing bridge across river with native bush

Day Three - Pyke 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 Martins Bay 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.

Say hello to some furry friends

As you reach the thunderous surf on the rugged West Coast you'll arrive at a bay of boulders, where the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin is a seasonal visitor.

Continue on to Long Reef plays host to a rookery of native New Zealand fur seals and we spend some time watching them play in the surf, and laze on the rocks.

Relax at Martins Bay Lodge

In the late afternoon we head back along the track to our Martins Bay 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.

 

Day Four

Walk

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

Jet boat

Explore the Hollyford river and Lake McKerrow by boat.

Walk

Walk 11km through ancient forests toward the coast.

Eat

Finish the day with a sumptuous three course dinner.

Stay

Settle in for the night at the cosy, Martins Bay 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