Fiordland Explorer

From NZD NZ$2,249.00
  • Duration: 6 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Te Anau / Queenstown
  • Product code: 6days

The Hollyford & Pyke Packrafting Expedition

The Ultimate New Zealand Adventure - 150kms of Pristine Wilderness, Remote Coastlines & Incredible Wildlife

The Fiordland Explorer guided packrafting expedition gives you access to an area normally visited only by very experienced backcountry explorers.    This expedition is the holy grail of Packrafting in New Zealand.  With four trips a year at six people max, only 24 people will have the chance to experience it.  

While for many it represents a once in a lifetime type of adventure, it is not for the meek.  Fiordland weather is unpredictable, the days are relatively rigorous, and the setting is, well, very nearly at the end of the world. But for those up for the challenge, it offers unparalleled rewards not typically found in commercial trips. 

This part of New Zealand will take your breath away and that's a huge statement in this country!  During this 6 day/5 night guided packrafting expedition you will be travelling from the mountains to the sea, up the coastline and back into the mountains.  You will paddle the Hollyford River, Lake McKerrow, Lakes Wilmot and Alabaster, and the Pyke River.   You will walk along the rugged coastline to Big Bay, cross into the Pyke Valley, and wander past waterfalls on the famous Hollyford track.

A maximum number of 6 people and 2 guides makes sure you'll get a very personal experience and have constant support on this breath-taking, challenging, and unforgettable journey. In case you wonder, day 7 is a training & transfer day.


The Hollyford / Pyke Loop Packrafting Experience includes: 


  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Transport with hotel pickups from Queenstown can be arranged for a small fee of $25.
  • Friendly & professional guides
  • Packrafting down the Hollyford & Pyke river and across Lake McKerrow, Lake Wilmot & Lake Alabaster
  • Track accommodation in Doc Huts or Tents
  • All meals on the track
  • All packrafting gear as detailed below
  • Backpacks & Rain jackets can be hired if required  
Departure Dates:

We offer 3 departures of this expedition between the months of October & March.  

We offer 1 wintertime departure which adds an extra layer of difficulty and rewards and is only for the most experienced adventurers.  

Trip includes :

  • All specialised boating equipment
  • All meals on the trail
  • Training & Group meeting the night before
  • Trip photos for free
  • All National park and camping/hut fees
  • All DOC ( Department of Conservation fees )
  • If no hut stays ( Tents are included )
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Transport with hotel pickups from Queenstown can be arranged for a small fee of $25 per person
  • Friendly & professional guides
  • Packrafting down the Hollyford & Pyke river and across Lake McKerrow, Lake Wilmot & Lake Alabaster
  • Track accommodation in Doc Huts or Tents
  • Backpacks can be hired if required
Standard equipment supplied by Expedition x :
  • 3/2 mm wet suit for summer departure
    • and a dry suit for the winter trip
  • NRS Foam PFD
  • NRS Helmet
  • 2 split aluminium paddle or 4 split carbon fiber paddle
  • Alpacka rafts
  • NRS Spray tops ( if needed )
  • Drybags for ( Sleeping bag, Camp / spare clothing )
  • Backpack in liner ( big plastic bag )
For you to bring :

Please ask us for rental options or if you need to go shopping so we can give you some advise, if you do not have the items below.

  • 65l - 70l backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Head Torch
  • Personal hiking gear
  • Personal sleeping gear