River is off the beaten track, beginning near the Homer Saddle
on the Milford Road as a catchment for the Darren and Humboldt
mountains. It flows north into Lake McKerrow and takes the
lake waters with it into the sea at Martins Bay.
Be prepared for unpredictable weather,
including flash flooding.
mountain-fed river, the Hollyford’s upper reaches are
boisterous and rough, and challenging to fish. Fish tend to
go deep in the fast flowing water. Below Hidden Falls the
river is more sedate and, although crystal clear, is still
dangerous to attempt crossing. do not be fooled when looking
at the water. It may appear shallow and sedate in palces but
is usually much deeper and more powerful than it seems. It
is also very very cold!
Fly fishing and spinning are excellent
from Gunns Camp to Lake McKerrow. From the lake to Martins
Bay is best for spinning due to the number of snags.
Fish numbers and size
Brown trout up to 4.5kg, a few
rainbows and salmon (only in January and February).
walking track begins at the end of the Hollyford Road, 17km
from the turnoff from SH94 to Milford Sound.
You can also hire a jet boat or fly from
Te Anau or Queenstown into Martins Bay.