Escape 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.
*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