Hidden Falls Walk – Hollyford Track

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Hidden Falls walk is part of the Hollyford Track and is a good day hike of 18 km. It’ll take you around 4-6 hours depending if you go a further 10mins to Hidden Falls hut.

After driving 16km on a gravel road you get to the Hollyford trailhead car park. Follow the signs for the Hollyford Track. After crossing the first swinging bridge, you will spend the rest of the walk alongside the east side of the Hollyford River until you reach Hidden Creek. Though the walk isn’t a short one, it is flat, easy, and straightforward.

Most of the time, you will find yourself walking through lush rainforest. This will clear occasionally to reveal views of the peaks of the surrounding mountains. You may also discover some unnamed waterfalls, especially in the spring months after rain. As you are walking through a rainforest and near waterfalls, expect it to be a damp hike—even more so if It rains.

About 2:30 to 3 hours into the hike, you will reach another swinging bridge that traverses Hidden Creek. However, the track to Hidden Falls is in front of the bridge (before crossing). A few minutes along the track from there, Hidden Falls will start to come into view.

You may find yourself immediately covered in the mist from the falls when they are strong and see the water as frothing white. When it is calmer, you can see the blue-green of the pool at the bottom.

Hidden Falls Hut

At Hidden Falls Creek the track passes Sunshine Hut (private) and continues upstream to the swingbridge. Hidden Falls Hut is reached 10 minutes after crossing the bridge. You’ll find 12 bunks, heating, mattresses, toilets (non-flush), water from a tap (not treated, boil before use. Tank on the roof) at the hut. Bookings are not required, first come, first in, however there are fees as this is a serviced hut. Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night’s stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period. Find out more about the fees here.

If you can’t drive to the Hollyford Track

Then take this awesome 3 day guided hike on the Hollyford Track with all transport included from either Te Anau or Queenstown.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 4-6 hour walk
        • Distance: 18 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: There is the potential for muddy terrain. Sections of raised boardwalk cross areas prone to flooding.
        • Toilets: There are toilets at the start of the walk and at Hidden Falls Hut
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This walk offers views of the Darran Mountains, Mount Madeline and Hidden Falls.

  • Track Quality

    This is an easy walk through the valley along the river bank.

  • Hazards

    Slippery rocks

  • Transport

    A number of companies offer an on-demand service from Te Anau to the Lower Hollyford Road end or Gunns Camp.

  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    About 87 km north from Te Anau along Milford Road, turn off at Marian Corner to find the lower Hollyford Road. Drive to the end of the unsealed Hollyford Road to the trailhead, which is 16km and will take around 1 hour. Allow 2 hours from Te Anau.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The closest shops and restaurants are in Milford Sound.

  • Area & Track History

    This walk makes up part of the Hollyford Track. The Hollyford Track is a 56 km, 4-8 day tramping track that is perfect all year round as there are no alpine sections. The Hollyford Track follows the Hollyford River and nears the coast where you may be able to see wildlife such as seals, penguins and herons.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    Yes, at Hidden Falls Hut

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

Map of Hidden Falls Walk

Here is the map for Hidden Falls Walk showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer.

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