Kepler Track Great Walk
Private Kepler Track Guided Heli Hike
Get above the worry line on the Kepler Track
Take a hike with a private guide on the Kepler Track and immerse yourself in the epic, natural landscape on your own terms and at your pace!
- 4-6 hrs
- 800-1200m (Descent)
- 7.5hr trip
- 1-3 people from NZ$2250
Your private Trips & Tramps guide will collect you from your Te Anau accommodation and ensure you have everything you need, including lunch and walking poles (if you need them).
Choose the best seats in the helicopter as you fly to Mt Luxmore across Lake Te Anau and discover this Fiordland Great Walk from above, landing at the Department of Conservation Hut above the tree-line. As the helicopter disappears your private guide will be a personable story teller who shares the social and natural history, fun facts and best views along the trail. With options to hike to the summit of Mt Luxmore or purely begin the descent to Lake Te Anau, your private guide will pick the best option for your fitness, experience and motivation.
With attention to detail, your personal guide will customise the walk to your requests for the day, ensuring a memorable experience on your New Zealand holiday.
Fiordland: Natures heartland
Thank you for making our Fiordland experience such a great family adventure.
You have transformed our image of New Zealand with the variety of walks, helicopter, cruises and local insights you brought together so beautifully over 3 days.
We have a special debt of gratitude to our guide, Michelle, for inspiring our daughters to get the most out of their two half day walks on Kepler and Milford tracks.
Our parents are showing friends the Fiordland helicopter DVD production that reminds them of their exciting Helicopter sight seeing with lunch at Luxmore cabin.
We now tell everyone to visit you in Te Anau as the gateway to the Fiordland. It is more than a national park, it is natures heartland in New Zealand.
- Brod Bay
- Kepler Track Helicopter
- Lake Te Anau
- Limestone Bluffs
- Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track
- Mt Luxmore
- Te Anau
- Hidden Lakes
- Fiordland Helicopter Base
Medium - high level of fitness required, minimum 800 m descent, 8 km walk (from Luxmore Hut), walking time 3-6 hours. Option to walk to the summit of Mt Luxmore as weather conditions and personal fitness allow. This will add an extra 2.5 hours walking time to the day, and an additional 400 metre descent (total 1200 metres).
The majority of this walk is downhill, so your joints (especially knees), will get a good work out! Do not underestimate the downhill, it is a long way. Generally anyone over 45 years will find this walk plesantly challenging and rewarding without the summit, and there are plenty of stunning views to be gained around the hut.
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.
Please adhere to the guides' advice on the day, to ensure the best possible experience, they have knowledge of the weather and trail conditions.
A packed picnic lunch is provided to you at the start of the day to carry in your backpack.
If you have any dietary requirements please let us know prior to the day of travel so we can cater for these. Please note the picnic lunch provided is fuel you for a full day's activity and suitable for the wilderness conditions.
9.30 am Te Anau accommodation pick up *see add on option for ex Queenstown
10.00 am Fly to Luxmore Hut by Helicopter
10.15 am Arrive Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track
Walk on the Kepler Track
4.30 pm Arrive Brod Bay, Lake Te Anau
4.50 pm Arrive Te Anau accommodation
NOTE: Departure time can vary on your request, and the trip can be done in a 1/2 day. Minimum time required 4 hours (with no summit option). Just let us know your plans and we can schedule your day accordingly!
Staying in Queenstown? Ask about our full day package from Queenstown which includes a helicopter pick up, guided walk on the Kepler, plus return via the backroad and Lake Wakatipu! Contact us for more details.
What to bring
We recommend guests bring comfortable walking shoes (with good tread, boots with ankle support are best), 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). Note Jeans and street wear are not suitable clothing, please ensure you wear suitable outdoor, quick drying, active wear for the walks. Walking poles available if requested.
A professional private hiking guide, all transport including accommodation pick up and drop off, helicopter flight to Luxmore Hut and water taxi on Lake Te Anau, safety gear, packed picnic lunch and hot drinks. If you have any dietary requests for the lunch please ensure we are advised of these prior to 5.00 pm the day before travel so we can cater for them, thank you.