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 🙂
Hut features: This is a lovely serviced 12 bunk hut with platform bunks and mattresses. The hut has a table, bench seats, an L-shaped cooking bench and running water inside and outside. There are some interesting information boards in the hut. There is a closed fire place and firewood. There is a porch around the hut.
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.
Visited: January 2015 by Gray Family
2 thoughts on “Hidden Falls Hut, Hollyford Valley”
We walked into this hut on the weekend with a 6 year old and a 4 1/2 year old. Took us 4 hours 15mins on the way in including a short lunch stop and a side trip to Hidden Falls. Just under 4 hours back out in the rain. Not much shelter along the track for stops etc if it’s raining when you go but we did find one wee overhang that was dry – if coming from the roadend towards the hut about halfway along the track there is a rock wall on the right with wire netting on it for rockfall – just after that there is a bit of an overhang that was dry in heavy rain.
Great trip! All the bridges fixed up now. Really nice cosy hut.
Thanks for this update Vanessa, good to know 🙂