Our 6 Day Fiordland Explorer is the crown jewel of packrafting in New Zealand. With four trips a year at six people max, only 24 people will have the chance to experience it. For those extra hardened adventurers, Arno is also planning one winter departure of this trip to really test you!
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.
If you’re after serious adventure, the Hollyford-Pyke loop by packraft is quite possibly the greatest guided adventure in New Zealand! You’ll use packrafts to traverse over 150 kilometres of pristine Fiordland wilderness, access remote coastlines, see incredible wildlife and enjoy complete solitude for 5 nights and 6 days.
The Fiordland Explorer guided packrafting expedition gives you access to an area normally visited only by very experienced backcountry explorers.
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 breathtaking, challenging, and unforgettable journey.
Here is what our past adventurers have to say about it (well, the two that survived anyway!):
Epic Adventure! - Andrew B via TripAdvisor
An epic adventure with skilled professionals. The Fiordland Explorer is hard to beat if you're looking for the opportunity to leave the crowds and explore one of the most rugged and spectacular parts of New Zealand.
Arno is a true professional focused on providing a safe and unique packrafting experience. I would definitely do another expedition with Arno and Packrafting New Zealand.
Absolutely the Highlight of Our Time in New Zealand! - Andrea N via TripAdvisor
My brother, husband, and I did a 6 day trip with Andy and Arno and we all agreed it was the best part of our trip! The 6-day trip takes you out on the Hollyford/Pyke Loop where you will see some absolutely stunning scenery completely secluded from the rest of civilization. While the trip was certainly hard work (not for the faint of heart!) it was worth every second.
Arno and Andy made for a fantastic duo keeping us thoroughly entertained. So many great stories over delicious backpacker meals. They were both incredibly knowledgeable and clearly passionate about what they do. I'd recommend packrafting to anyone ready for a little challenge and a desire to see New Zealand in the purest form. I'd do this trip again in a heartbeat!
As you can imagine our trips are not for everyone and with strictly limited numbers we want to ensure we take people who will get the most out of this experience. We now only accept adventures on this trip who have met our strict selection criteria.
There is an expectation that you will be physically able to undertake the trip and understand what you are getting yourself into!
You must be comfortable in and around water, be able to carry your own backpack and gear, live without your mobile phone and ideally have some kayaking experience.