South Island - New Zealand
Lori Rogers
Azumano Travel American Express

518 SW 6th ave.
Portland, OR 97204 US

www.ciazumanotravel.com/experts/west-coast/lori-rogers

Office:   503-221-6355
Lori Rogers, Azumano Travel American Express

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Hollyford Track

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Itinerary - Guided Nature Walk On The Hollyford Track


Itinerary - Guided Nature Walk On The Hollyford Track - Hollyford Track.

Located south of Queenstown in the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience is one of New Zealand's greatest nature walks.

Explore undisturbed and inspiring scenery that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years, from the snow capped mountains of the majestic Southern Alps, ancient native rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes to the remote sand dunes, reef and surf of the rugged West Coast. Your expert guide will bring to life the diversity of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this beautiful valley, as well as the captivating stories of the original Maori and early pioneers. The experiences are just as diverse and include hiking through 'World Heritage Area' wilderness, native wildlife encounters, wilderness jet-boating, exploring historical sites, and a scenic flight to Milford Sound.

On this 3 day / 2 night all inclusive guided nature walk experience you'll enjoy cuisine prepared and served by our friendly lodge hosts while relaxing in our well appointed and comfortable private lodges. A maximum number of 16 people in your group provides for a personal experience, and with your guide sharing their intimate knowledge of the area with you, it's a wonderful way to explore the very essence of New Zealand's wilderness.

If there is one experience that delivers the diversity and very essence of New Zealand wilderness - it is with out a doubt, a guided nature walk through the Hollyford Valley. Here you'll marvel at ever changing scenery from towering mountains to pounding coast and everything in between, explore an unspoilt wilderness with giants of an ancient forest and native wildlife, discover your sense of adventure and find inspiration around every corner. For a truly unique experience join us on the Hollyford Track guided nature walk adventure and 'Journey Into The Most Beautiful Valley In New Zealand'.

 
 
 
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Overview



The Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience has a long and interesting history and it started life back in the 1930's when farmer and local legend / icon Davey Gunn began guiding guests through the valley as part of his cattle musters. The product then was more about joining Davey on a cattle muster up the valley rather than a true guided walk and the walk aspect was developed more by one of Davey Gunn's assistants, Ed Cotter.

In 1959 Hollyford Valley was incorporated into Fiordland National Park meaning previous attempts to farm the area were no long permissible so Ed put even more focus into developing this rather raw walking product into a more focused guided walk. In the mid sixties he introduced boating into the walk itinerary to bypass the notorious Demon Trail and shorten the trip.

Ed struggled to make a living from the walk and in 1968 Jules Tapper and Viv Allot took up the ailing business, registered Hollyford Tourism Company and conducted their first year of operation in the summer of 1969 / 1970.

Jules and Viv purchased a 21 foot diesel powered launch 'Davey Gunn' and put her on Lake McKerrow in 1969, followed by two 18 foot alloy jet boats shortly thereafter. These jet boats were the first alloy V nosed fine stemmed commercial jet boats in New Zealand. Jules and Viv also made extensive additions and improvements to the buildings that were originally in the area as prior to this there was no electricity, running water, bathrooms or toilets in either of the lodge sites. In addition they developed their own airstrips to make the operation viable and self sufficient as there wasn't, and still isn't, any road access.

In the late 1990's, the company was sold to Peter Archibald, Stephen Fisher, Matthew Rose, and Mo and Louise Gardiner who set about making extensive improvements, including refurbishment and extension of the Martins Bay Lodge accommodation block and bathroom unit, the building of a new Pyke River Lodge, the purchase of a new twin engine jet boat and 20 seat shuttle. A strong customer focus was also introduced with time and effort being placed on getting the product right for the customer. The result being a 100% recommend rate of the Hollyford Track to friends and family from the 1500 of their customers that were surveyed.

In June 2003 Ngāi Tahu Tourism recognized the potential of the Hollyford Track and purchased the business to complement its other high quality, iconic tourism companies including Shotover Jet, Dart River Jet Safaris, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Abel Tasman Aqua Taxis, Kaiteriteri Kayaks, Rainbow Springs and Hukafalls Jet.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism have invested heavily in Hollyford Track bringing it to the highest of standards that it is today with a refurbished lodge at Pyke River and a new lodge at Martins Bay, plus significant investment in upgrading or replacing much of previous the plant and facilities. Today the Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience is renowned as one of New Zealand's greatest walks with a diversity of experiences and premiere delivery which are unequaled by any other walk in the country.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism will continue to invest in Hollyford Track, not only as one of New Zealand's premiere wilderness experiences but also as Hollyford Valley plays a significant role in the history and heritage of the Ngāi Tahu people.

Evidence of Ngāi Tahu's connections to the Hollyford Valley can be seen in the many place names of the areas. Each geographic feature was named, acting as oral memory aids preserving the histories of several layers of settlement spanning centuries including the people of Waitaha, Rapuwai, Ngāti Wairangi and finally Ngāi Tahu. These oral survey pegs of the past follow the ancient pounamu (greenstone) trails beginning in Te Awawhakatipu (Dart River) and cross Kā Mauka Whakatipu (Ailsa Mountains) before descending to Whakatipu Katuku (Hollyford River) through to Whakatipu Waitai (Martins Bay).

With Ngāi Tahu's migration into Te Tai o Poutini (Westland), the lands were subdivided among the leading chiefs of the conquering hapū (tribe). Tūtoko's (a local chief) Ngāi Kaipo (sub tribe) were given charge of Whakatipu Waitai which was well known as part of the pounamu trails leading from Te Tai o Poutini to Murihiku (Southland), but also as an important mahinga kai (food gathering site) and waka (canoe) building centre around Lake Alabaster or Wawahi Waka (to split tress for canoes).

Ngāi Tahu Tourism's association with the area enables the iwi to add an additional layer to their presence and their voice as a key stakeholder in the area and recognition of their kaitiakitanga (guardianship) over a landscape that bears their histories.

Lori Rogers, Azumano Travel American Express
Lori Rogers
Azumano Travel American Express

518 SW 6th ave.
Portland, OR 97204 US

www.ciazumanotravel.com/experts/west-coast/lori-rogers

Office: 503-221-6355

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