Kepler Wild Side (5-6 hours) Price: $99 per person (kids just $40!)

kepler half day 2Escape people and go off-track in one of the wildest places on earth; Fiordland National Park's ancient gondwanaland forest. Scroll down to read more and book online. 

In the safe hands of a qualified Bush Instructor, and in a tiny group of no more than six, we step over the hiking trails into the forest, thanks to a special permit from the Department of Conservation. Instead of walkers, you discover threatened plants, ancient gondwanaland trees, endangered birds, and secret glades where you surely might spot a hobbit or two.

The experience

*Start on a swing bridge over the mighty River Anduin from Lord of the Rings
*Step straight over the Kepler track into primeval forest, with giant rimu trees up to 1,000 years old
*Discover conservation programmes that catch possums and stoats (bird-killing predators)
*Learn crucial bush craft skills including bush navigation, shelter building and fire lighting. 
*Includes hot drinks and snacks. 

Watch our short YouTube video about the Kepler Wild Side trip. 

Need to know

*Great experience on a dry or wet day; the tree canopy is a big umbrella!
*Departs from Te Anau accommodations mornings or afternoons
*Suitable for most adults and older children; we walk slowly, so we can experience more
*We tailor the trip to the group's ability; this isn't a long hike, it's a nature experience
*Wear trainers or ankle boots with a good grip and socks
*Wear quick-dry long trousers (we lend you these if you don't have them)
*Bring a day pack, water bottle, packed lunch, jumper and rain coat

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Charitable giving

kea satBushbash is committed to giving money to charities, particularly those working for conservation of Fiordland bird life. Our partner charity for our multi-day trips in 2013/14 is the Kea Conservation Trust. Ten per cent of profits from our multi-day trips will go to the Kea Conservation Trust. Our partner charity for our one-day trips in 2013/14 is Kids Restore The Kepler. Ten per cent of profits from our one-day trips will go to Kids Restore The Kepler. Read below for information about these two charities and what they do. 

Kea Conservation Trust 

The Kea Conservation Trust assists in conservation of wild kea in their natural habitat and to increase the husbandry standards and advocacy potential of those kea held in captive facilities within New Zealand. For more information go to Kea Conservation trust

See right and below for beautiful pictures of these increasingly rare mountain parrots; the most intelligent parrots in the world. Kea are so clever they can use sticks as tools, but unfortunately they nest in rocks and hollows on the ground which means they are attacked by introduced predators such as stoats and possums. Kea are not afraid of humans and hop right up to you; there is a chance on our Mount Titiroa and Routeburn Wild trips that you will see a kea. 

Kids Restore the Kepler

This project aims to restore more native bird life, including kiwi, rock wren, yellow head, and blue duck, to the forested Kepler mountains, immediately opposite the town of Te Anau, in Fiordland National Park. The project involves an intensive trapping programme, trapping the invasive predators stoats and rats, through traps placed throughout the forest. Some of the secret rough tracks used to access these traps are walked on our Kepler Survival trip. The great thing about this project is that it involves local children at the local schools, who help check the traps regularly. For more information go to Kids Restore the Kepler

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Information for the media

The media are welcome to use any of the photos on this website to accompany articles about Bushbash, or alternatively, use the below contact details to be sent original photographs. 

All media queries to Mary Williams or Geoff Clarke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (0064) +3 249 9312.

See below for Bushbash press releases. 

 

Build your adventure

kidney fernWant us to tailor a Fiordland off-track adventure to your needs? We can! Just drop us a line using our query form telling us the amount of time you have, and the kind of experience you want, or call us on (00 64) +3 249 9312.

To help you decide what you want, browse the below bucket list of options.

Prices 
To help you plan, it's also handy to know prices for privately-tailored trips. These prices are at the bottom of this page.

Your bucket list

What is the purpose of your adventure?

  • Personal enjoyment
  • Corporate team builder
  • Corporate social responsibility event
  • School or college trip
  • Charity fundraiser

What do you want to do?

  • Walking up peaks
  • Walking through forest
  • Boat trips to access wilderness
  • Helicopter flights to access the tops of mountains or more remote areas
  • A mixture of all the above

What do you want to experience?

  • Bird spotting
  • Trapping of possums and stoats
  • Plant identification in forests
  • Bush survival skills training
  • Bush walking and navigation skills
  • Alpine plant identification above the bushline
  • Alpine walking above the bushline
  • Mountain summits
  • Wild deer stalking (cameras only: we show you how to hunt for venison, but we leave the guns behind)
  • Gourmet food or standard camp food

How tough?

  • Gentle pace and mainly flat for all abilities
  • Moderately tough including some uphill for moderately fit people
  • Tough uphill mountain challenge for people with above-average fitness

How long do you want to go for?

  • One day adventure
  • Multi-day camping adventures
  • Several one day adventures consecutively with hotel accommodation inbetween

What do you want us to organise?

  • Just your Bushbash
  • More add-ons, such as a trip to Fiordland's world-famous fiord at Milford Sound or a day's fly fishing
  • Transport from Queenstown

Get in touch!

Prices for privately-tailored trips

Trips of one day or shorter
If you are looking for a trip of one day's duration or shorter, with one qualified guide, we charge by the hour. Our hourly rate is:
$80 for up to four people (just $20 each per hour if four people),
$90 for five people ($18 each per hour), and
$100 for six people ($17 each per hour).
For these trips, we provide snacks and hot drinks, and lunch if the trip is four hours or more and spans lunch time.

Multi-day trips
Trips of two or more days' duration include overnight wilderness camping, a lead guide, a co-guide, and all transport, food and camping equipment. For this package our day rate is $1,200 and we can take up to five people ($240 each per day). Packages that include add ons, such as helicopter flights or gourmet food, involve additional cost.

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Pre-trip instructions

Thank you for booking on to Bushbash! It is important to prepare for your trip by reading the below instructions (scroll down to find the trip relevant to you). Also remember to check out our How Fit and What Kit? pages so you arrive on your trip with the right gear.  

Kepler Survival

Meet location: inside the Wapiti Bakery, next to Fiordland Frontier Supplies, The Lane, Te Anau 
Meet time: 9am sharp

What to bring and wear: Bring your own filled water bottle and a small backpack for your packed lunch (lunch provided by us). Wear sensible footwear (walking shoes are OK but ankle boots are better). Dress for the weather (a waterproof coat if raining and a jumper if cold). Wear old clothing you do not mind damaging; this is a back-country experience. Long trousers are not essential but stop your legs being scratched by undergrowth. A good alternative is thermal leggings with shorts over the top. For more information see How Fit and What Kit?

Tiger Eyes 

Meet location: Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 
Meet time: 9am sharp 

What to bring and wear: Bring your own filled water bottle and a small backpack for your packed lunch (lunch provided by us). Wear sensible footwear (walking shoes are OK but ankle boots are better). Dress for the weather (a waterproof coat if raining and a jumper if cold). Wear old clothing you do not mind damaging; this is a back-country experience. Long trousers are not essential but stop your legs being scratched by undergrowth. A good alternative is thermal leggings with shorts over the top. For more information see How Fit and What Kit?

Routeburn Wild

Meet location: Wapiti Bakery, next to Fiordland Frontier Supplies, The Lane, Te Anau 
Meet time for the trip: 7am sharp 

Important pre-trip briefing: The day before your trip, there is a pre-trip briefing at 5pm, also at the Wapiti Bakery (directions above). This briefing lasts no more than one hour and you need to attend to fully prepare for your trip. At this briefing, we get to know you, check your kit, show you the gear we will be providing, and give you a last minute opportunity to purchase anything you still need from our excellent local outdoor shop Fiordland Frontier (next door).You also choose your tramping food from our selection (included in your trip price) and we give you a full outline of what to expect on your trip and answer your questions. You also complete a short medical form.

What to bring and wear: Please refer to our comprehensive kit list which tells you what you need to bring and wear in order to have a safe and enjoyable trip. 

Mount Titiroa

Meet location: Wapiti Bakery, next to Fiordland Frontier Supplies, The Lane, Te Anau 
Meet time for the trip: 7am sharp

Important pre-trip briefing: The day before your trip, there is a pre-trip briefing at 5pm, also at the Wapiti Bakery (directions above). This briefing lasts no more than one hour and you need to attend to fully prepare for your trip. At this briefing, we get to know you, check your kit, show you the gear we will be providing, and give you a last minute opportunity to purchase anything you still need from our excellent local outdoor shop Fiordland Frontier (next door).You also choose your tramping food from our selection (included in your trip price) and we give you a full outline of what to expect on your trip and answer your questions. You also complete a short medical form.

What to bring and wear: Please refer to our comprehensive kit list which tells you what you need to bring and wear in order to have a safe and enjoyable trip. 

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