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Kepler Track Guided Heli-Hike Experience

Kepler Track Guided Heli-Hike Experience

POA

Full Day

An exclusive, guided hike on one of NZ's Great Walks departing from Te Anau or Queenstown. Includes helicopter flight and gourmet lunch.

Trip Highlights:

An exclusive tour on one of New Zealand’s conservation tracks – returning via the Backroad with options for an exclusive cruise across Lake Wakatipu.

  • Departing from Te Anau – Fly from the foothills of Te Anau to the mountain tops of Mt Luxmore, taking in the scenery of Lake Te Anau and its beautiful surroundings. Dropped off by helicopter, from here you will start your hike on the Kepler Track (hikes are tailored to your requirements).
  • Departing from Queenstown – A private taxi will collect you from your accommodation and take you to your awaiting helicopter on the Glenorchy-Queenstown highway. Start your journey by flying over Mt Nicholas Station, which you will visit later in the day by road, and the Mavora Lakes conservation area. Mavora is a remarkable landscape of mountains, lakes & beech forest. Take in the view of Lake Te Anau before being dropped off high up at Mt Luxmore to start your hike.

From Luxmore Hut, start your great exploration of the Kepler Mountains alpine tussock land.  You have the option of hiking further toward the summit with outstanding mountain views opening at every turn before returning to the hut.  From Luxmore Hut it is a 3 hour descent to Lake Te Anau, firstly above bush line for panoramic views south to the coast and north up the length of the lake.  The trail will lead you into an ancient beech forest covered in lichen and, as you descend, you’ll notice the change in vegetation and the increase in birdlife before reaching Brod Bay.

  • Returning to Te Anau – When you reach the sandy beach of Brod Bay you will be rewarded with a boat trip across the jewel clear water of Lake Te Anau back to the township.
  • Returning to Queenstown – After reaching Te Anau and after a comfort stop, you will travel toward Lake Wakatipu through high country sheep and cattle stations.  This area is “off the beaten track”, known as the Backroad.  A sharp contrast from the heights of Mt. Luxmore, experiencing the rolling tussock-covered hills and gin-clear rivers provides an ideal way to unwind after your walk. Stop on the way to enjoy a freshly prepared gourmet picnic, filled with some of Fiordland’s best culinary treats & local wine. When you reach Mt. Nicholas Station, your private vessel will be waiting to escort you across Lake Wakatipu and back to Queenstown.

Includes: Helicopter Flight / Taxi Transfers to & from Your Accommodation / Personal Tour Guide / Snacks & Gourmet Picnic Lunch / Private Transfer via the Backroad /