Hollyford - pyke

Expedition

the holy grail of New zealand packrafting and one heck of a trip for packraft newbies

What you need to know

This wicked expedition combines our Packrafting beginner course with a 5 days around the Hollyford Pyke Loop, arguably the Holy Grail of New Zealand packrafting.

The ultimate way to transition from someone who is just interested in packrafting to someone who IS a packrafter. 

  • Learn the skills needed during the intro course
  • Consolidate your training in a pristine wilderness environment
  • Bring your own packrafting gear or rent ours.
  • Advance your packrafting proficiency
  • Experience a real 5 day packrafting expedition

what's included:

  • A highly practical beginner oriented packrafting skills course that
    • teaches everything you need to know
    • covers equipment use and care
    • instructs in safety and  encourages water confidence
    • includes basic skills training + on-the-water knowledge
    • online learning of the theory at uyour own pace

    Our Packrafting course is progression based. We start slow and push you harder as we go, depending on your personal confidence and ability. 

    For more info on the course: Packrafting beginner Course 

THE HOLLYFORD/PYKE PACKRAFTING EXPEDITION*.

This once in a lifetime trip gives you access to an area normally visited only by very experienced backcountry travelers. It is the holy grail of Packrafting in New Zealand, and with only four to six trips a year with six people maximum, it is a pretty exclusive opportunity.

While the expedition is a tremendously rewarding adventure, it is not for the meek.  Fiordland weather is unpredictable, the days are relatively rigorous, and the setting is very nearly at the end of the world. But for those up for the challenge, and who are ready to cut the cords in this age of constant ‘connection’, it offers unparalleled opportunities to connect to something a little bit deeper. 

The expedition takes place immediately following the beginner course and runs for 5 days and 4 nights.  For an information pack including the full trip details, maps, and a full itinerary, just drop us your email. 

* Please note

Because of the demanding nature of the five day trip following the course, you must demonstrate that you have achieved the appropriate competency level in order to be able to go on the expedition.  Should you not meet the required level, we can either refund your payment less the Level 1 course cost or transfer your booking onto another expedition departure later in the year to allow for greater skill development.

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1 expedition per month Oct to March

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The Hollyford - Pyke Expeditions

Packrafting New Zealand
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Michael Dickson
Michael Dickson
2020-01-26T21:18:53+0000
A great intro to packrafting - we did the one day '2 Rivers' trip and Arno and team were awesome - great instruction in... the basics and safety in the morning on the gentle river and then some fun in the afternoon in some more running water. The scenery was spectacular and the rivers pristine - can't wait to go again soon. Big thanks Arno Martenread more
Joshua Osborne
Joshua Osborne
2020-01-06T20:21:21+0000
Really worthwhile course...learned so much, fun and relaxed group, had a great time, ran some 2+ rapids, and was... thoroughly worn out by the end. Couldn't ask for more.read more
Bob Perry
Bob Perry
2019-08-07T06:54:07+0000
A really professional organisation. Excellent instruction and guiding and always willing to organise a flexible... programme that meets your needs. This is the third time that I have packrafted with Arno and his team and I would highly recommend Packrafting NZ to anybody, from beginner to seasoned packrafter.read more
Nick Owen
Nick Owen
2019-04-25T06:23:15+0000
Fantastic day learning to Packraft on the Waiau and Eglinton rivers with Arno. Excellent teaching, skills practice and... beautiful rivers to paddle on. This has already changed the way I look at the mountains, rivers and lakes. I'll be back for more before I plan my first adventure with a Packraft!!!! 🙂read more
Gëorgë Leell
Gëorgë Leell
2019-03-27T20:08:45+0000
This is a must for someone looking for a real adventure! Breath-taking scenery. Lots of wildlife (we saw fish, deer,... penguins, dolphins, a shark and tons of other birds). A bit of adrenaline and some wicked guys. Great value for money for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is a must do.read more
Bella King
Bella King
2019-03-24T20:34:32+0000
Andy and Arno are the greatest pair you could hope to have guide you through an epic adventure. So much wisdom to... impart, stories to share and plenty of laughs to be had. Not overbearing or smothering with their expert guidance, happy to help whenever needed and always up for a giggle. Best week of my life doing the Hollyford Pyke loop, cannot recommend this trip and this company/dream team highly enough!! Do yourself a favour and link up with Packrafting NZ now!!! no excuses!read more
Matthew Tyrrell
Matthew Tyrrell
2018-12-25T21:13:04+0000
Great Skills & Safety course taken with Arno and Andy, they did really well to accommodate a group with a wide skill... set and worked with my lack of experience to help push a lot of boundaries. Great fun despite the chilly conditions 🥶read more
Carl Justcarl
Carl Justcarl
2018-02-13T07:03:55+0000
Professional with friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you want the best guides or instructors for packrafting in NZ... these are the guys.read more
Brandon Purdue
Brandon Purdue
2017-09-04T02:56:40+0000
Great folk and great adventures, give packrafting a go, you will have a blast!
Rachel Prasek
Rachel Prasek
2017-02-04T09:15:55+0000
Arno was such a fantastic guide and had us cracking up the whole trip. The sights were absolutely breathtaking and I... would do this 100x over again. It was a truly amazing experience!!!read more
Rachael Roy
Rachael Roy
2016-10-22T01:00:25+0000
Amazing trip great to learn new skills on the water. Loved how much fun it was and to see some spectacular scenery at... the same time. Fabulous way to get around on water and land, it's amazing how you can carry your raft anywhere. Loved it!read more
Astrid Maes
Astrid Maes
2016-10-02T06:43:25+0000
Katrina Tai Peacock
Katrina Tai Peacock
2016-04-02T00:41:58+0000
One of the best trip i have done in New Zealand. 😀
Joel Bilbe
Joel Bilbe
2016-01-22T06:10:26+0000
Absolutely sick day!! The guides are great and the experience in itself is one of a kind. A must do!
Amy Bursten
Amy Bursten
2015-12-29T07:32:41+0000
This was the most relaxing and fun day. It was the highlight of my 9 days in Queenstown. Thanks guys I had a... wonderful time. 🙂read more
Sonia Bambi Stander
Sonia Bambi Stander
2015-12-13T21:30:21+0000
Charlie Vale
Charlie Vale
2015-11-09T09:11:52+0000
Best trip in Queenstown. An NZ must do. Go and explore mountains, canyons, rivers and get stuck into the great outdoors... before sleeping under a starry sky after laughs around the camp fire. A once in a lifetime, never forget experience.read more
Corey Bz
Corey Bz
2015-05-17T09:45:07+0000
Xing Dong Yan
Xing Dong Yan
2015-02-23T05:55:15+0000
Mike Friday
Mike Friday
2015-02-14T19:51:43+0000
Jose Orlando Marques
Jose Orlando Marques
2014-12-20T08:33:48+0000
Muito legal!
Francisco Alves
Francisco Alves
2014-12-12T02:32:51+0000
Sherdil Khan Rohani
Sherdil Khan Rohani
2014-05-16T16:52:52+0000
Georgie Carrington
Georgie Carrington
2014-05-09T07:11:48+0000
Carmen O'Brien
Carmen O'Brien
2014-04-03T09:03:15+0000
Huw Miles
Huw Miles
2014-03-14T06:11:50+0000
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