- Dauer: 4 Stunden (ca.)
- Ort: Te Anau, Southland
Guests will travel down the Upper Waiau River to Lake Manapouri by jet boat as they enjoy plenty of 360’ spins and high-speeds while also making stops along the way to soak up the amazing surrounds. Guests can spot trout in crystal-clear water; find themselves among three Lord of the Rings film locations and hear the inside scoop on the logistics of filming in a National Park; and even turn off the engine to let the gentle current take over while listening for native birds.
The mouth of the river opens onto Lake Manapouri – named NZ’s most beautiful Lake - and provides one of the most impressive views in Fiordland – if not all of NZ. Here guest have the unique opportunity to experience solitude and silence. Guests will look out towards Leaning Peak – the entrance of Doubtful Sound- and some of the Lake’s 33 islands including Pomona Island, which is predator free. Surrounded by towering mountains, this place is one not to missed and our Fiordland Jet boat is almost always the only powered craft for miles.
Guests will then head ashore to Shallow Bay, to begin a 6 kilometres guided walk along the Kepler Track through Fiordland National Park’s mystical beech forest to Rainbow Reach. The Kepler Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks and has a gentle gradient, is well maintained and thus suitable for all abilities.
The knowledgeable guide of Trips & Tramps will provide further details about native flora and fauna; the unique beech forest ecological cycle and current conservation efforts being made around Fiordland. Guests will enjoy a tea or coffee in one of the many scenic locations along the way before finishing the hike by crossing the famous Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge, which they passed under on the jet boat! Return transport to accommodations can be provided.