3 Wire Bridge on the Back Valley Eco Adventure

Fiordland Heli Hike

Departs Te Anau or Manapouri

One Day Fiordland Heli Hike

Get off the beaten track and into the Fiordland National Park


From per person in NZD
  • 1 person    $599 pp
  • 2 people    $599 pp
  • 3 people    $399 pp
  • 4 people    $399 pp
  • 5 people    $399 pp
  • Custom trips and additional days on request
  • Minimum numbers apply (two people)


  • Departs: Te Anau or Manapouri on demand
  • Season: Year round
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Walking distance: Day One 17.8km, (11 miles)


  • Scenic Helicopter or float plane trip
  • Remote, native Fiordland forest, and ancient Podocarp
  • Deer viewing
  • Rivers and moss forest
  • Lake Manapouri boat trip
  • Views towards Mt Titaroa 1710m (5620ft) and the Hunter Mountains
  • Native and rare bird viewing
  • Red Deer, wild boar and possums may be seen


  • Scenic float plane or Helicopter (weather dependant)
  • Experienced & qualified guide
  • Lunch and all snacks
  • Boat trip


Te Anau Township or Lake Manapouri to Back Valley by Helicopter

We meet at the pre-arranged departure point on Lake Te Anau (easy walking distance from most major accommodations) or in Manapouri and commence with a spectacular scenic flight across Lake Te Anau and the Kepler Mountains.

If you are staying in Queenstown, we can arrange transfers for a small additional charge by prior arrangement.

Our flight takes us over Lake Manapouri and its numerous small islands until we are into the wilds of the Fiordland National Park. We are dropped off in the idyllic bay of Hope Arm on the shores of Lake Manapouri.

Our motto is “See Paradise not People”, and when the plane leaves you will understand why. We start our walk through this picturesque valley of native bush, keeping an eye out for deer browsing through the native ferns. Your knowledgeable guide will point out the amazing indigenous flora and fauna of the area.

The walking is relatively flat and easy going for the first few hours and we have a mid-morning break in the magical moss covered beech forest. From here we carry on for another couple of hours before crossing the Garnock Burn via a 3 wire bridge to arrive at our lunch destination, the Back Valley Hut.

After a hearty lunch we leave this grassy clearing heading for the shores of Lake Manapouri where our boat collects us to take us back across the Mararoa River to Pearl Harbour at Manapouri Township at approximately 5pm. Here it is a short 10 min drive back to Te Anau.

Map of Back Valley guided walks

Map of Back Valley guided walks

Elevation profile Back Valley KM
Back Valley Eco Adventure detailed Map showing route

Back Valley Eco Adventure detailed Map showing route

What to wear and bring for a day hike

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – Some items we may be able to provide it to you, other items can be hired in Queenstown, please contact us for more informations 

  • Jacket/Coat – wind and waterproof with hood
  • Boots – sturdy, good fit, protected with dressing/polish
  • Treking pants/trousers
  • Top/ shirt – quick drying sports or hiking tops are best.
    Avoid cotton as although cool in the summer, it can be cold when wet or sweaty
  • Walking socks
  • Warm hat, beanie or balaclava and gloves or mittens
    Even in summer the weather can turn cooler in the evenings
  • Mid layer pullover: fleece tops or polartec type are ideal (light and quick drying)
    Cotton hoodies are not as warm and heavy when wet
  • Shorts
  • Day pack – ideally with a waterproof liner
    Pack should be light, strong and comfortable approx. 20-40 litres to carry your water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant, camera, snacks and extra clothing/ waterproof
  • Drink Bottle
    We can normally fill up along the way in streams so 1 litre is normally sufficient
  • Personal medication if required
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, lip balm and sunhatOPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS
  • Gaiters or Puttees – to keep out water and gravel
  • Thermals – long sleeved top and long johns (quick drying)
    The kiwi way is to wear them under shorts and t shirts
  • Over trousers – waterproof and windproof, essential if you get cold quickly
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Blister plasters/band-aid or tape
    Although we do carry a first aid kit too
  • Camera, spare batteries and spare memory card
  • Small day pack for personal items
  • Camera
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Walking shoes
  • Warm clothes (layers are best)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Gaiters (optional)


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