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Kepler Track Heli Hike Day Tour, Fully Guided

Kepler Track Heli Hike Day Tour, Fully Guided

Kepler Track Heli Hike Day Tour, Fully Guided


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At A Glance Departures

A guided day walk from Te Anau beginning with a scenic helicopter flight over the Hidden Lakes, beech forest and alpine area to Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track.

From this Department of Conservation Hut explore the alpine tussock fields and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Fiordland mountains with the possibility of ascending to the summit of Mt Luxmore if you wish and weather and time allows.

After time in the alpine area, hike down the mountain on the well-formed Kepler Track. The track descends through mountain and silver beech forest, and passes under towering limestone bluffs to the sandy beach of Brod Bay, the pick up point for the rewarding water taxi trip back to Te Anau.

From Luxmore Hut it is a down hill walk (8km) requiring a medium level of fitness. If you wish to explore further past the Hut toward the Summit there would be an additional 1-3 hours walking up and down. There is a maximum of 12 walkers with a guide providing an opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. There are plenty of stops for photographs, bird-watching and interpretation along the way.

Return Te Anau at around 5:00pm. We can arrange transfer to/from Queenstown at additional charges.

Departure Dates:
Depart daily on request from 1st September to 20th May.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. Or simply book online. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • about the track

    The Kepler Track offers vistas of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. It winds past the alpine grassland of the Jackson Peaks, beech forest, mountains, native forest, glacier-carved valleys and waterfalls. Huge limestone formations make for great photos, and large river flats give your legs a rest from climbing. Plenty of native birds can be spotted when you winding through mossy beech forests.

    Click here to view the detailed track information.
  • About the walk

    Medium level of fitness required, 800 m descent, 8 km walk, walking time 3-6 hours.

    We offer complimentary Te Anau accommodation pickup. The pickup time varies to meet group needs. However, generally it's from 10:00 to 11:00am. We can also arrange pickup from Queenstown at additional charges.

    The helicopter used for the tour is R44, MD500 or Squirrel operated by local helicopter companies depending on group size. You'll flight over the Hidden Lakes, beech forest and alpine area to Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track.

    At the end of walk, you will be transferred by a water taxi from Brod Bay back to Te Anau.

    A small group of 12 or less walkers.

    Please contact us if you would like to have a private guided Kepler Track walk. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Food

    Picnic lunch is included: a hearty filled roll (shredded roast chicken, tomato, lettuce, cheese, mayonnaise and relish), cheese and crackers, piece of fresh seasonal fruit, biscuit, dried Fruit, sweet baked slice and bottled water. Vegetarian and Gluten free dietary requirements can be catered for if advised at time of booking.
  • What's Included

    - Guided heli hike with an experienced local guide
    - Te Anau accommodation pickup & dropoff
    - Picnic lunch and refreshments

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:
    - Scenic helicopter flights across the renowned Fiordland National Park
    - Routeburn Track guided walk
    - Milford Track guided walk
    - Doubtful Sound & Milford Sound overnight cruise
    - Te Anau glow worm caves tour
  • What's included

    - Guided heli hike with an experienced local guide
    - Te Anau accommodation pickup & dropoff
    - Picnic lunch and refreshments
  • walk distance

    800 m descent, 8 km walk, walking time 3-6 hours.

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Te Anau
    - Te Anau is 2.5 drive from Queenstown.

    We provide private car or helicopter transfer service. Please contact us to quote and arrange private transfer. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • what to bring

    Comfortable walking boots/shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing including thermal hat and gloves, sun hat, lunch (if not pre-ordered), water bottle, day pack and insect repellent. Walking poles are optional and may be provided if requested.
  • Weather and Climate

    In New Zealand, January and February are the warmest months of the year (summer), and July is the coldest (winter). Fiordland in the south is generally colder than the north, but weather varies throughout the region and can change rapidly within a day.

    Summer in Fiordland offers the warmest days (e.g. between 10 - 18°C. Winter temperatures (between May and November) can be between 1 - 9°C (example from July), however cold weather can occur at any time of year.

    Mintaro Hut, Milford Track, Fiordland
    Milford Track Temperature

    Mackenzie Hut, Routeburn Track, Fiordland
    Routeburn Track Temperature

    Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track, Fiordland
    Kepler Track Temperature

    (Data sourced from climate-data.org, monitored at Picton , Units = °C)
  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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