An easy, well graded walking track takes you on a short climb through rainforest to the lookout of the impressive Humboldt Falls.
Walk through lush forest, beside a mighty river, alongside beautiful lakes, then out to the wild West Coast. This fantastic 4-5 day journey from the mountains to the sea can be walked all year round and is a great tramping adventure for those who like to be a little off the beaten track, but still have a well-marked trail and huts to stay in. The 56km track is more suited to those with good fitness and advanced tramping skills, although the easier first section of the track offers a great overnight option for families, those less fit, or those with limited time.
Beginning among the sheer rock walls of the Darran Mountains in Fiordland National Park at the end of the Hollyford Road, the track follows the Hollyford River (Whakatipu Kā Tuka) on its journey to the sea at Martins Bay on the West Coast. Be warned: some sections of the track can get rough, muddy and hard to define in wet weather - look for the orange markers to guide the way. There are several three-wire bridges, but also a number of unbridged stream and river crossings. Once you reach the coast you can return on the same track or by pre-arranged transport from Martins Bay. Very skilled and experienced trampers may choose to return via the challenging Pyke - Big Bay Route.
There are six comfortable backcountry huts along the track and camping areas beside the huts. These are on a first come basis all year round and require hut tickets or a backcountry pass, available from any DOC Visitor Centre. During holiday periods you may wish to carry a sleeping mat or tent in case huts are full on arrival. Each hut has heating, mattresses, and a pit toilet, but there are no cooking facilities - so carry your own cooking equipment.
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