Kepler Track Guided Heli Hike
Begin your Kepler Track guided heli hike with a spectacular Scenic flight by helicopter fromTe Anau Township, over the hidden lakes and beech forest of Mount Luxmore to arrive at Luxmore Hut.
Guided Walk Discription
After your spectacular helicopter ride we arrive at Luxmore Hut, the first hut on the Kepler Track Great Walk.. With your knowledgeable, local, Trips and Tramps nature guide, learn about the fauna and flora in the surrounding alpine tussock fields, and enjoy the panoramic views of the Te Anau basin, scenic lakes and surrounding Fiordland Mountains. After time exploring the alpine area, the opportunity to walk to the summit of Mount Luxmore, and enjoying a true wilderness tea break, we begin our walk 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. Half way is marked as we 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. The Trips and Tramps guide will share local conservation efforts on the Kepler Track (in which they take an active part in maintaining), and demonstrate a stoat trap, a tool used in controlling these introduced predators which can decimate our native bird population.
The hike 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 amazing and very beautiful guided walk on the Kepler Track, offering good viewing of your path, from alpine area to the clear water of Lake Te Anau.
This is an easy down hill walk (8km) requiring a medium level of fitness. There are plenty of stops for photographs, bird-watching and interpretation along the way to break the descent. With a maximum of 12 walkers and one Trips and Tramps guide there is plenty of opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of mighty Fiordland. Your experienced Trips & Tramps guide will carry all safety and communication equipment to ensure your wellbeing on the guided walk.
A picnic lunch is available (at additional cost) or you may bring your own. Hot drinks and energy snacks will be carried by the guide, and a wilderness tea break is available during the walk as required.
What to Bring
Comfortable walking boots/shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing including hat and gloves, sun screen and sun hat, camera, lunch (if not pre ordered), water bottle, day pack, personal medication if required, and insect repellent. Walking poles are optional.
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