Our Trip Journal
|16th Dec, 2008||Routeburn Divide to Lake Alabaster Hut||19.5km||7hrs (5-7hrs suggested time)|
|17th Dec, 2008||Lake Alabaster Hut to Demon Trail Hut||14.7km||6hrs (4-5hrs suggested time)|
|18th Dec, 2008||Demon Trail Hut to Hokuri Hut||9.6km||6hrs (5-6hrs suggested time)|
|19th Dec, 2008||Hokuri Hut to Martins Bay Hut||13km||6.5hrs (4-5hrs suggested time)|
|20th Dec, 2008||Martins Bay Hut|
|21st Dec, 2008||Martins Bay Hut to Milford Sound||2km||1hr|
Information about the track
The Hollyford Track is spectacular. We took a boat road on the Milford Sound after the track and honestly it held nothing to the track. The highlights are the river crossings (Be safe – we heard plenty of stories about even experienced people drowning due to making risky river crossings), the Demon Trail, and the sense of isolation.
The Demon Trail is amazing, don’t avoid it. Check out the videos.
The Lake Alabaster Hut is the superior of the huts. It is worth the extra effort to get there. I recall almost giving up at about the 16-17km mark, the going was so hard. Now that I look at the track profile I can see how hard the track was at that stage. Worth it though.
Online Blogs and Trip Journals
Willem & Jolien – Hollyford Track & Pyke-Big Bay route (one of the best blogs that I have read).
Nancy’s Blog – Hollyford Track (as part of a guided group).
Richard Tulloch’s Life on the Road – Hollyford Track (as part of a guided group).
NB. Both these bloggers did their walk as part of guide groups, which we always thought was the soft option, but I am very much taken with the idea of having someone explain all the interesting flora, fauna, and history – it might be something that we consider next time (and there will be a next time, I cannot wait to take my children on this tramp).
RoughlyOriginals – Hollyford Track, self-guided (some great photography).