Located: Hollyford Track, Fiordland, CA09 124473Access: Hidden Falls Hut is the first hut on the Hollyford Track. We took a Milford Sounds Cruise in the morning and had lunch at the shelter at the track end before starting to walk. The track is well formed, and almost dead flat. All major river crossings are bridged. It is a 9km walk, and took us 2 hours 40 minutes, carrying a one year old. This included a short side trip to Hidden Falls water fall (about five minutes).It would be possible to continue on to Alabaster Hut (26 bunks, serviced) with little people if you wanted a multi-day trip. This track could be done at any time of year, provided you could drive to the track end. NB: this track can take about 4 hours for little legs to walk – see comment below 🙂
It is a short walk from the hut to Hidden Falls Creek and waterfall. We went for a refreshing swim in the creek after settling in to the hut.
Negatives: A popular hut, so you will likely be sharing with others. There are lots of sandflies in summer, although there are good sandfly screens on the windows.