Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hollyford Tramp, April 2016

Day two on the Hollyford... First stop was Lake Alabaster and learning the history and geology of the area. This was totally spectacular. The lake was so still land the fabulous atmosphere of the mist lying quietly across the space. We then crossed one of Fiordland’s longest swing bridges before walking to board our jet boat. Then it was off to enjoy a scenic ride down the Hollyford River and along Lake McKerrow. After calling in at the early pioneer settlement site of Jamestown, we walked through ancient Podocarp forest amongst native forest giants, some up to 1000 years old. Thunderous surf on the West Coast was a prelude to a bay of boulders where the rare Fiordland Crested penguin is a seasonal visitor. Further on Long Reef plays host to a rookery of native New Zealand fur seals. This evening you’ll be hosted at Martins Bay Lodge, close to the mouth of the Hollyford River. Again a beautiful meal in a lovely lodge before settling into bed!!

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