Skippers canyon heli hike full and multiday options available
Full and half day heli hike options to the top of the Remarkables
Multiday wilderness experiences available to Lake McIvor
Back Valley, Hope Arm
Back Valley and Hope Arm – full and multiday options
Multiday experiences to Mt Titaroa
Where we go
Our Adventure Walks all take place in Fiordland, a remote ‘nature lovers’ paradise a true untouched wilderness located in the south west corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Fiordland National Park is part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area and includes some of New Zealand’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery.It is the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand, with an area of 12,500 km². Some of the world’s most famous walks lie within Fordland’s boundaries, the best known probably being the Milford and Routeburn Tracks. Also within its vast borders are thousands of hectares of unfarmed and untracked wilderness. That’s where we like to go.Picture a setting with range after range of mountains, of lush forestry reaching up to snow capped peaks, with valleys criss-crossed by glacier fed waterways and remote alpine lakes and you with no other people for miles around you have pictured our part of Fiordland. It is within this natural playground, away from the well worn paths, and hundreds of other tours, that our ‘off the beaten track’ guided walking adventures take place.
The gateway to Fiordland is Te Anau (pop. 1,902). Approximately a two hour drive from Queenstown, the township is beautifully situated beside the lake bearing its same name. It offers visitors a variety of accommodation, food outlets, and general stores and is the hub for the majority of hikes around this area which is often referred to as ‘The Walking Capital of the World. With its geographical location and access to a variety of services, Te Anau is a great place to base yourself either post or prior to your trip.
Lake Te Anau (417m deep and 64km long) is NZ’s second largest lake. [Lake Taupo is the largest]
For 50 years the native bird Takahe was thought to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 1948 in forests behind the western arm of Lake Te Anau. This is in close proximity to our Lake McIvor guided walk. Where 3 of our Trips have seen Takahe in the past. This is rarer than winning Lotto 3 times in a row!!!
Manapouri is 20km south of Te Anau, and lies on the waterfront of what is often described as New Zealand’s loveliest lake. Pearl Harbour, Manapouri’s wharf, is the departure point for tours into the majestic Doubtful Sound. Manapouri is considerably smaller and quieter than Te Anau so while there’s a good choice of places to stay, plus a couple of cafes and a general store, the only bar is at the hotel.
The adventure capital of New Zealand, although it is relatively easy to get away from the crowds and the tourist activities and head in to the back country and visit some our favourite places
Skippers Canyon is literally just on the other side of the Queenstown Gondola but once there, you will feel a million miles from anywhere
The Remarkables – We visit the remote area that is bustling in the winter with skiers but in the summer it’s just the amazing views and the scenery to keep you occupied. Apart from the odd Kea Bird and an occassional mountain climber, the area is remote and deserted during the summer season