Walking & Tramping

Pyke - Big Bay Route

Hollyford Track Road, Fiordland National Park

This challenging 88km tramping route from Hollyford Road to the West Coast offers an adventure for experienced and well equipped trampers. The route traverses parts of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks and Pyke Forest, all of which are included in the Te Wähipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Combined with the Hollyford Track it is a 10 day round trip.

This expert route requires above average fitness and high level backcountry skills, including navigation and survival skills. The track is not always well defined and in some sections it is overgrown. You also need river crossing skills and experience as there are several unbridged rivers to cross. Even a medium rain event can cause these rivers to become uncrossable and flood sections of the track, making it essential to include at least 2 extra days of food in case you are delayed. Taking a Personal Locator Beacon and/or mountain radio is also essential.


Note: Hollyford area tracks closed. Please see updates on the track on the Department of Conservation website.

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Last modified
Thu 19 Nov 2020
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