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From Te Anau: Full Day Kepler Track Guided Heli-Hike

1. From Te Anau: Full Day Kepler Track Guided Heli-Hike

On this enjoyable full-day tour from Te Anau you will enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over New Zealand’s beautiful landscape, an easy-going hike on the Kepler Track, and a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Te Anau. You will begin your Kepler Track guided heli-hike with a spectacular scenic flight by helicopter from the town of Te Anau. Fly over the hidden lakes and beech forest of Mount Luxmore to arrive at Luxmore Hut, the first hut on the Kepler Track Great Walk. With your knowledgeable local nature guide, you will explore the alpine area and learn about the fauna and flora in the surrounding tussock herb fields. Enjoy a true wilderness tea break, before you begin the descent on a well-formed track. Descending 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. At the half-way point you will pass under magnificent towering limestone bluffs, allowing the guide to share the geology of Fiordland 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. Your guide will share local conservation efforts on the Kepler Track, in which they take an active part in maintaining. You will finish the hike at the sandy beach of Brod Bay, the pick-up point for the boat cruise back to Te Anau. The boat ride offers an enjoyable way to complete this amazing and beautiful guided walk on the Kepler Track, offering great views of your path from the alpine area to the clear waters of Lake Te Anau.

Milford Sound: Milford Track Day Hike

2. Milford Sound: Milford Track Day Hike

Hike the world-famous Milford Track and enjoy flat, easy-going terrain and amazing bush, mountain, and waterfall scenery. See the mighty beech and rimu trees and the crowds of birds feeding on nectar at Fuschia trees. Listen to the sound of birdsong as you wander along the trail. Spot the resident grey warblers, fantails, tui, bellbirds, and more. Visit Giants Gate Falls, one of the highlights of the Milford Track. Take in the spectacular views at your own pace and enjoy a family-friendly adventure in Milford Sound.

Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

3. Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

Your full-day Milford Sound package begins with a morning walk along the Milford Track. A short boat ride will take you across Milford Sound’s Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point for the start of a guided hike. The walk will take you alongside the cascading Arthur River and then on to Lake Ada. Stop at Giant's Gate Waterfall, a stunning and much-photographed site that is best viewed from the large swing bridge. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of the Milford Sound from the comfort of a modern, spacious boat. With outstanding viewing opportunities, you’ll take in the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls and more. Be on the lookout for wildlife, such as seals basking on the rocks or dolphins playing near the boat.

Fiordland National Park: Hidden Hankinson Day Hike

4. Fiordland National Park: Hidden Hankinson Day Hike

Embark on a full-day adventure to Lake Hankinson by private boat with a knowledgeable private guide. Visit a special part of Fiordland people rarely get to see and enjoy a short hike through lush beech forests, a gourmet lunch and the opportunity to hand-feed the native eels. Depart Te Anau Downs, take a boat ride across the South Island’s largest lake, Lake Te Anau for a sense of how big Fiordland is. Take a short walk through the beech forest to find the hidden lake. Don’t expect a sealed path here, it’s a short, moderate trek through the Fiordland bush. Arrive at a hidden boat shed for your first glimpse of the glacial lake that time forgot, Lake Hankinson. Jump aboard a second boat and venture further into Fiordland with a boat ride up Lake Hankinson. As the bush clears, spot the oldest remaining hut in Fiordland National Park, Hankinson Hut. Admire its rich with history, full of stories of adventurers, deer cullers, and those seeking escape. The clear waters of the Wapiti River flowing past the hut may entice keen anglers, or you may simply take a moment to appreciate the immense ecological system that is Fiordland National Park.

Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

5. Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

Spend some time in nature in the beautiful Fiordland National Park on a half-day guided walk to Giants Gate on the world famous Milford Track. Departing Milford Sound Wharf, the walk begins with a short boat ride to Sandfly Point. It is then an easy 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) alongside the cascading Arthur River, then Lake Ada, on a well-maintained track. Your destination is the Giants Gate. This scenic waterfall is best viewed from the large swing bridge spanning the river. On your return, you will be walking under ancient temperate rainforest surrounded by an array of ferns, mosses and lichens in vibrant shades of green. The small group of 12 walkers per guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating human heritage of the track. On completion of the walk, take the opportunity to take photos at the sign marking the end of the track, a site festooned with the boots of walkers who have made it to the end of the walk, not a single step further. Then rejoin the boat for the transfer back to Milford Wharf.

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What people are saying about Fiordland

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Had such a fun day with this whole experience. Got to see Milford in the rain on our hike which was guided really well. It was unfortunate the group we were with had to hurry off for another booking as it cut our hike really short and we couldn’t take our time. The cruise was amazing and we were fortunate enough to see the dolphins surf under our boat. Both the captain and the other Stewart were very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this to everyone going down and experiencing Milford, otherwise you aren’t fully experiencing it!

We had a lovely day walking the last part of the Kepler track through a forest, the guide was really friendly and helpful in suggesting a different hike due to cloud cover at our original location. It was really worthwhile having the guide as she explained all about the local plants and trees as well as interesting information about local and Maori history. The Helicopter ride was really exciting and definitely worth the money, I can see why people love to travel like this.

I Can highli recommend this trip if you just want a taste of the 4 day hike at Milford Track. It’s beautiful - very very wet, but beautiful.

Unbelievable. The views from the cruise we’re stunning. The walk, rainy in the rain forest, was about 20,000 steps, but well worth it

Despite the weather complications it was a great day due to the site and your experienced nature lover guide!