Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

Save Trail Save

I've done it Done

The Hollyford: Out and Back to Alabaster

Te Anau, Southland

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

Save Trail Save

I've done it Done


Grunt Factor: 48

Gnarl Factor: 15








Login as a VIP to see driving directions, distance and time.

Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush



Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.0%


Login as a VIP to see the trailhead information.

Estimated Times to Run







A trail made for running! This undultating forest track is so well-maintained, it could be a Great Walk. In good weather you won't even get your feet wet.

The trail is mostly forest-covered, roughly following the Hollyford River, passing waterfalls (make a tiny detour to find the Hidden Falls) and views of Mt Madeine & Mt Tutoko.

It's a relatively flat track with a high point of 168m at the cute "Little Homer Saddle." The track passes Hidden Falls Hut, which is a 5-min detour if you need a bathroom break, and terminates at Alabaster Hut, the turn-around point.

Bring sandfly repellant if you want to stop and enjoy Lake Alabaster. The Hollyford track goes on past Alabaster Hut all the way to the coast, but the aptly named "Demon Trail" and Pyke-Big Bay Route are not recommended for running!

Multiple waterfalls including Hidden Falls, views of Mt Madeline & Mt Tutoko, Lake Alabaster, Hollyford River

Plenty of parking available at the trailhead.

103 km

120 minutes




The trail is well-maintained and well sign-posted by DOC.


Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone.

Lots of streams, plus water tanks at both Hidden Falls and Alabaster huts.

The Hollyford is a gem in that it's possible to do all year. However wouldn't go out in rainy/stormy condition, the streams can flood and the track would become muddy.

There may be a bit of treefall. And if you stop for a while, sandflies!

You and The Hollyford: Out and Back to Alabaster

As a VIP member you can record private notes for this trail, see all of your times and more.

Register Now

Already have an account? Login now

Trail Reviews

Be the first to submit a review for The Hollyford: Out and Back to Alabaster!

Login to submit a review

Trail Running Community

Find people who are interested in or have completed this trail run.

You must register or login to view this feature.

Register Now

Other trails nearby
Deepest Darkest George

Deepest Darkest George

Length: 17.9km

Level: Very Experienced

Key Summit Nature Trail Loop

Key Summit Nature Trail Loop

Length: 8.7km

Level: Beginner

Tour de Milford Haven

Tour de Milford Haven

Length: 5.7km

Level: Beginner

Gobsmacking Gertrude

Gobsmacking Gertrude

Length: 8.9km

Level: Very Experienced

Find more trails and peaks nearby