Kepler One Day Guided Heli Hike
A full day Guided Heli Hike tour beginning with a helicopter ride over Te Anau and beech forests, then up to the Alpine area high up on the Kepler Track
A fantastic one day experience of the Kepler Track, with the helicopter bringing you high on to the track and an 8km downhill walk follows.
Begin your Kepler Track guided heli hike with an amazing flight by helicopter from Te Anau, over the beech forest of Mount Luxmore to arrive at Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track. Landing in the alpine area, you will begin by exploring the alpine tussock fields. Panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, lake and National Park make an incredible backdrop for your Kepler experience.
After time exploring the alpine area you have the option to walk to the summit of Mount Luxmore along a well-formed section of the Kepler Track.
You then enjoy a down hill walk (8km) on a wide track, requiring a medium level of fitness. There are plenty of stops for photographs, bird-watching and interpretation along the way to break the descent. Travelling through magnificent mountain and silver beech forest the effects of different altitude and weather conditions experienced in Fiordland are clear to see, as the trees and undergrowth quickly change, creating a varied backdrop for your hike. Half way is marked as we pass under magnificent, towering limestone bluffs allowing the guide to share the geology of Fiordland along with dramatic visual examples. The approach to Lake Te Anau is evident by the track meandering through native New Zealand ferns and other sub-tropical species.
The guided walk is finished at the sandy beach of Brod Bay, the pick up point for the boat cruise back to Te Anau township. The boat ride offers an enjoyable way to complete this very beautiful guided walk on the Kepler Track, offering a great viewing of the path you took, from alpine area to the clear water of Lake Te Anau.
Trip time details - 9.30am to 5.00pm
$620NZ per person (minimum numbers required)
- Pick up and drop off from your central Te Anau accommodation
- An exhilerating helicopter ride from Te Anau up to Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track
- Water taxi from Brod Bay to Te Anau
- A professional hiking guide, with a maximum group size of 12
- Safety gear
- Hot drinks
- Packed lunch