Yesterday we paddled the Hollyford River from Falls Creek to Gunn’s Camp. Today we decided to get up early and head to Milford Sound before going for a paddle later in the day. We caught one of the cruises that take you through Milford Sound. This is an amazing place, unlike anything I’ve seen before. It’s an extremely popular tourist destination, and for good reason. If you haven’t heard of it before, google it and have a look at some of the amazing images.
After our morning cruise on Milford Sound, we headed back to the Hollyford River to paddle the Falls Creek to Marian Creek swing bridge section. We paddled this section the previous day, but we also paddled the section below the swing bridge. This section is shorter and easier than the section from the swing bridge to Gunn’s camp.
Al sat out this trip, and was kind enough to lend me his paddle. Duncan also sat out and got some great pictures with his digital SLR camera.
This section is continuous boulder gardens the whole way, and most of the rapids seem to blend together. Having paddled the section the day before, we paddled this section in good time.
The Hollyford River is a bit out of the way, as it’s not near any major cities, and there’s only one road in and out of the area. But in the 2 weeks I spent in New Zealand, it was the most picturesque river I paddled. If you have the chance, it’s worth the trek out to the river. And if you do make the drive and haven’t seen Milford Sound, make sure you get on one of the cruises, you’ll regret it later if you don’t!
Trip Date: December 30 2009
For more information about kayaking this section of river, check out Whitewater NZ’s Hollyford River: Falls Creek to Marian Creek guide.