Kepler Track Great Walk
Kepler Track Guided Day Heli Hike
Expansive Fiordland scenery
Begin your Kepler Track guided heli hike with a spectacular flight by helicopter from Te Anau, over the hidden lakes and beech forest of Mount Luxmore to arrive at Luxmore Hut. Landing in the alpine area, we explore the expansive alpine tussock fields, a botanists' delight with all the unique plant life! Panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, lake and National Park make an incredible backdrop for your Kepler experience.
After your spectacular helicopter ride we arrive at Luxmore Hut, the first hut on the Kepler Track Great Walk. With your knowledgeable, local Trips & 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. Here we enjoy a true wilderness tea break. After time exploring the alpine area and for those that chose to, walking to the summit of Mount Luxmore, we begin our guided walk on a well-formed section of the Kepler 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 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.
Along the way your Trips & 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 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.
This is an 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.
Thank you for our wonderful holiday.
"Thank you for our wonderful holiday. June and I LOVED the helicopter ride today and the walk down the Kepler was wonderful."
What a day!
What a day! If you have time for only one this is the ONE! The guides are superb in trying to make each guest comfortable despite varying skill levels.
- Brod Bay
- Kepler Track Helicopter
- Lake Te Anau
- Limestone Bluffs
- Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track
- Mt Luxmore
- Te Anau
- Fiordland Helicopter Base
- Hidden Lakes
Add a picnic lunch to take with you (additional charge). If you have any dietary requirements for the lunch please let us know prior to the day so we can cater for these. Alternatively bring your own lunch with you, note there are no places to purchase food once we have left Te Anau. Refreshments and a light snack will be carried by your guide.
9.30 am Te Anau accommodation pick up
10.00 am Fly to Luxmore Hut by Helicopter
10.45 am Arrive Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track
Walk on the Kepler Track, option to go to summit
4.30 pm Arrive Brod Bay, Lake Te Anau
4.50 pm Arrive Te Anau accommodation
What to bring
We recommend guests bring comfortable walking shoes, day pack containing warm sweater/fleece top, waterproof jacket, warm hat and gloves (it is often cold in the alpine area), sunhat and glasses, camera, drinking water and lunch (if not pre-ordered). Walking poles available if requested.
Pick up from your accommodation, helicopter flight to Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track, fully guided walk with local knowledgeable guide, plus safety gear, hot drinks, water taxi transfer from Brod Bay and transfer back to your accommodation.
Medium level of fitness required, 800 m descent, 8 km walk, walking time 3-6 hours. Option to walk to the summit of Mt Luxmore, allow 2.5 hours return and additional 400 metre descent. Downhill walking so knees get a good work out. On occasion, alpine weather may make conditions more challenging. We operate in most weather conditions, so you need to be suitably prepared. Not recommended for children under 8 years.
Well maintained track, no drop offs.
Minimum number is 2 people for this guided walk to go ahead. If you are a single person please contact us for availability.