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Charlies Place, Hollyford Track, Fiordland National Park

“Just over the Mountains from Milford Sound”


There are a variety of access and departure options.

Fixed Wing Plane… From the majestic Milford Sound it is a very spectacular 20-minute flight to a bush airstrip at Martin’s Bay. Then a gentle 2-hour walk along the Hollyford Track through ancient Podocarp rainforest and along the shores of Lake McKerrow to “Charlies Place” (Flying subject to prevailing weather conditions).

Air Fiordland... (Fixed wing Charter work etc) Contact: Phone (03) 249 7505, Fax (03) 249 7080, email airfiord@airfiordland.com

Helicopter… The most reliable form of access, a very scenic and exhilarating 15-minute flight over some of the most mountainous parts of Fiordland's Southern Alps. Landing virtually at Charlie’s doorstep. Approximately $575.00. (Charge per load / 4 person capacity)

Contact Milford Helicopters (Jeff Shanks) (03) 249 8384 or (025) 380 359

Walk in and Jetboat… A jetboat service operates from Pyke/Hollyford Confluence (approximately 5 hours walk from the end of the Hollyford Road). This service operates every second day (November – April) @ $50.00 per head to Jamestown Bay (Charlies). A spectacular trip through some very scenic country. Contact Hollyford Valley Walks (03) 442 3760 (Prior jetboat bookings essential).

Walk In… 3 days walk down the Hollyford Track. One hour past Hokuri Hut heading towards Martins Bay or if you are walking the opposite way, 3 hours walk from the Martins Bay Hut (Long Reef) to Charlies. (Experience and good fitness necessary). Contact D.O.C for track details.

* This is a remote and mountainous section of New Zealand Wilderness, all transport subject to weather conditions.
* Radio Communication on site to the local jet boat, fixed wing and helicopter operators.
* Charlie is a very small scale and unique eco-tourism and should not be confused with the larger Hollyford Track Ltd that operates the Guided Walks and Jetboat in the area.

Bookings... (through Air Fiordland)
Phone : (03) 249 7505
Fax : (03) 249 7080
Email : bookings@airfiord.com

After hours inquiries to John Paterson (07) 332 2093 (Charlie’s Brother). General email enquiries to john-p@wave.co.nz
  Postal inquiries to PO Box 1038, Rotorua.

Disclaimer: This is a remote and mountainous section of New Zealand Wilderness. Bookings are under the understanding that neither Charlie Paterson or Fiordland Wilderness Co Ltd or any party acting on their behalf is not held liable for any damage, loss, injury, accident, delay or irregularity etc associated to the wilderness nature of Fiordland, or to the weather or to any air or boat transport operator etc.

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