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Fiordland: Jet Boat & Nature Walk Experience from Te Anau

1. Fiordland: Jet Boat & Nature Walk Experience from Te Anau

Begin your adventure in the heart of Te Anau, a short walk from most accommodation. After check-in, rest at a picnic table to enjoy free WiFi and a charging station to make sure all your devices are good to go. Hop on the bus for a short ride through local farmland to the Queen's Reach boat launch on the Waiau River.  Gear up with spray jackets and life vests before an exhilarating ride down the Waiau River. Lined by ancient beech tree forest this river is featured in The Lord of the Rings as the Anduin River. Contrast high-speed spins with pauses along the river in some amazingly tranquil places. Spot some trout in the crystal-clear water and have time to take plenty of photos. Learn about the area's unique environment and fascinating history from your knowledgeable local guide. Emerge onto the breath-taking Lake Manapouri, surrounded by glacier-carved mountains. Experience a sense of wonderment as you sit in awe of their beauty and grandeur. Go ashore to explore the ancient surrounds on a short walk.

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

2. 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.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight & Nature Tour

3. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight & Nature Tour

Experience magnificent views from your window seat as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty, soaring over mountains and glaciers onboard our fixed-wing aircraft. Hear interesting and informative commentary from your pilot during this 45-minute flight over to Milford Sound. Depart from Queenstown Airport on a flight path heading north over the Coronet Peak skifield, Skippers Canyon and Shotover River, the second-richest gold-bearing river in the world. Fly along the Dart River Valley into the World Heritage Area of Mt. Aspiring National Park Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and glacier-fed braided rivers. With endless snow-covered mountains, the Olivine Ice Plateau, Mt. Tutoko and the Tutoko Glacier just some of the incredible highlights along the way, it really is an unforgettable experience. The breath-taking scenery continues into Fiordland National Park, out over the rugged West Coast and the Tasman Sea before a U-turn descending into Milford Sound. Flying down the middle of the fiord, with sheer mountains on either side, admire aerial views of the cascading Stirling Falls. Then, land at one of the world's most stunning landing strips. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the shores. Go on 2 short walks to unmissable vantage points through the wilderness. Wander through the beach forest of Milford Sound on the boardwalks of the Foreshore Loop Track. Catch views of the iconic Mitre Peak, standing tall at 1,692 meters above sea level. Learn about the area through interpretive visitor panels. Take a moment to enjoy the best seat in the house, the Milford Sound swing. Get a beautiful perspective of Milford Sound framed by a native bush when climbing the stairs of the Lookout Track, with the short walk winding its way up to a spectacular viewpoint. Finish off with a bite at the Discover Milford Café or bring your own picnic and enjoy lunch with a view on the benches overlooking the Sound and Mitre Peak. Meet your pilot for another epic 45-minute flight back to Queenstown.

From Te Anau: Full Day Guided Walk Along the Routeburn Track

4. From Te Anau: Full Day Guided Walk Along the Routeburn Track

Enjoy a guided day excursion from Te Anau to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. Begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Milford Road to the Divide Shelter which is the starting point for the guided walk to Key Summit. There will be opportunities for photo stops along the way. Departing from the Divide, the walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest on a well maintained track. The steady climb takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Your guide will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. Gaining an elevation of 400 metres, emerge from the forest into the alpine environment, with extensive panoramic views of high snowy peaks, alpine lakes, and deep bush clad valleys. Enjoy lunch along the way, perhaps on the Summit amidst the alpine tarns, or below in the Greenstone Valley beside lovely Lake Howden nestled in among the mountains.  Visit a nearby back country tramping hut.    After lunch steps are retraced to the Divide Shelter before returning to Te Anau with your guide.

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What people are saying about Southland

The whole experience was fantastic. Enjoyed the humor and storytelling from the guide. He also made it a priority to engage with the small kids on our ride (not my kids) and Make it a great experience for them. We had a lot of fun doing the spins too.

So worth the money! I highly recommend! Guides were amazing, made us feel so welcome and very full of knowledge! Can fully see why it is rated 8th best outdoor water activity in the world

Long trip with jetboat on the river and lake. Including shore leave. 3 Lord of the Ring movie setpoints.

Great fun, Lex our Skipper was very knowledgable and made it a fun trip whilst feeling completely safe.

this was a great experience, fantasitc staff, great trip, lots of knowlege and well worth the money