Kepler Track, Luxmore 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.

Start off your walk at the well known Luxmore Hut

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.



Limestone bluffs on Kepler Track

Hike beneath the towering limestone bluffs

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. Your experienced Trips & Tramps guide will carry all safety and communication equipment to ensure your well being on the guided walk.

Trip Add-ons

Add a tasty picnic lunch to your booking to enjoy on your day.

Option to extend the helicopter flight to view Doubtful Sound and view the expansive Fiordland wilderness by air.