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Guided Walks Te Anau Fiordland

To really experience Fiordlandís beauty you simply must explore it by foot and even then you will only get half the story. Join one of our guided walks Fiordland guided walks from Te Anau, and have the local, knowledgeable, Trips and Tramps team take you safely through the wilderness and give insight into this incredible World Heritage area.

Do one of the walks or as a Fiordland Great Walk Package 3 Great Walks in 3 days Take a hike through some of New Zealandís most awe-inspiring and diverse landscapes on the ultimate walking package. Base yourself in Fiordland for a fully guided 3 day Great Walk experience on the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks. These premier walks pass through unique and spectacular scenery, from native forests, lakes and rivers to mountain views, vast fiords and lush valleys.

 

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Kepler Track Guided Walk

Kepler Track, birds, forest and lake beaches Wanting to get out and explore the landscapes surrounding Te Anau for half a day? Enjoy a fully-guided half-day walk to get a feel for the picturesque Kepler Track, a New Zealand Great Walk. This easy hike on a well graded trail is great value and takes you around the South end of beautiful Lake Te Anau. Suitable for all abilities and a great introduction for family groups to Fiordland National Park and hiking.

We begin by traveling across Lake Te Anau by water taxi to Brod Bay with its clear water and white sands. From here, enjoy a superb walk following the lake edge through ancient beech forest. The track has a gentle gradient and is well maintained, suitable for all abilities. All ages will delight as we explore the area and listen for the call native birds in the lush forest.

Your knowledgeable, local Trips & Tramps guide will show you the native fauna and flora, explain the unique ecological cycle and share conservation efforts made on the Kepler track and surrounding Fiordland. This half day guided walk is a great introduction to the area and an awesome opportunity to learn more about Fiordland's World Heritage Area.

We stop for a beak on a pretty beach where tea, coffee and biscuits are enjoyed while you soak up the awesome view. Half way through the guided walk we emerge from the bush to cross the Control Gates, this concrete structure provides a dam to control the flow of water out of Lake Te Anau. From here the track opens out and travels through open grass land to the Wildlife Park. The park offers opportunities to view the rare flightless Takahē, now restricted to the tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland, native waterfowl, weka, parakeets, tui, kea, and pigeons.

We finish the walk at the Department of Conservation visitor center, a short walk from our start point or your Te Anau accommodation.

 

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.

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

Milford Track Guided Walk and Cruise

Explore more Milford Track walk and boat cruise

Enjoy a taste of the world-famous Milford Track with a Guided Walk. Highlights include the notorious Sandfly Point at the end of the track, and the beautiful Giant's Gate waterfall. Complete the day with a magnificent cruise on Milford Sound. You've got Milford Sound covered with these two great products, creating the unforgettable Milford Sound experience in one great value package. It is a fantastic way to see both the 'finest walk in the world' and enjoy the fiord from sea level, including the picturesque Mitre Peak. Perfect for all the family.

Part 1- Morning guided walk on the Milford Track After brief introductions at Milford Sound Lodge, we begin with a short boat ride across Milford Soundís Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point, adeptly named as you will see! This is the end point of the Milford Track, but the start of today's Milford hike. From there we begin our guided walk, meandering alongside the cascading Arthur River then Lake Ada, on a well formed track.

Our destination and half way point is Giant's Gate waterfall. This spectacular waterfall is best viewed and photographed from the large swing bridge spanning the river. There is much to see, from the ancient trees towering above to the vibrant green ferns and mosses below.

Walking in a small group (maximum 12 people), your Trips & Tramps nature guide will point out the native fauna and flora and share the fascinating human heritage of the track, bringing the area to life. On conclusion of the guided walk, make your way round to the main wharf complex for your boat cruise.

Part 2 - Afternoon boat cruise Enjoy Milford Soundís awe-inspiring scenery from the comfort of a Scenic Boat Cruise on a modern, spacious vessel. With purpose-built observation lounges and large decks, you can be sure you will get some great viewing opportunities.

Youíll see the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest. Keep a look out for wildlife like seals basking on the rocks or dolphins. During the cruise, friendly crew provide commentaries and point out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.

Return transport is available from Te Anau to save you driving.

Routeburn Track Guided Walk

Hiking through dramatic alpine scenery

Enjoy a guided day walk from Te Anau to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track, a New Zealand Great Walk. Ascending through lush forest and into a unique alpine herb field offering panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes and bush clad valleys far below. This guided walk offers an incredible day out in the heart of New Zealand South Island main mountain divide.

A one-of-a-kind guided day walk

This spectacular walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest and onto a unique alpine herb field. On the summit, hikers experience panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes, and deep, glacial carved bush clad valleys. The Routeburn Track is an inspiring place to be and enjoy natural beauty.

Walking in a small group, your Trips & Tramps guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about this stunning natural environment. If time allows, a visit is made to the tramping hut at Lake Howden before retracing our steps to the Divide.

The Trip

Join Trips & Tramps from Te Anau, and travel to Fiordlandís mountain divide. This 8km return Routeburn Track walk begins at the Divide Shelter with a steady climb on a well maintained track. Gaining an elevation of 400 metres, the ascent takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely pace. On a fine day lunch is on the summit, and in unfavorable conditions in the shelter of a nearby tramping hut. After lunch we descend back to the Divide Shelter.

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GPS: -44.668348,167.927184

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