Fiordland Wilderness Expedition
Experience Southlandís most spectacular environment...
A scenic flight from The Lodge at Tikana over the fertile Southland plains and then you enter Fiordland National Park - a World Heritage Area - prepare to be enthralled and stunned by the power of nature. You will see remnants of human forays into this wilderness over the last century but somehow nature seems to have the last say.
After 20 mins flying time you will land by Lake Hauroko - the deepest lake in New Zealand. Here you will be met by Johan, your guide and driver for the jetboat leg of the day: www.wjet.co.nz
Cross Lake Hauroko and enter the Wairaurahiri River. There are no pretences with this jetboat ride - this is the real thing. Over 27km of rock strewn Grade 3 rapids, you drop 600ft to sea level. The exhilaration of the ride is only enhanced by the pristine native bush that surrounds you.
Catch your breath with guided walks highlighting points of interest and pure Beech Forest at stop-offs on the way down.
At the coast enjoy a BBQ lunch and meet up again with your experienced kiwi helicopter pilot: www.southernlakeshelicopters.co.nz
After lunch it is a short flight to view the historic Percy Burn Viaduct - thought to be the highest wooden viaduct in the world. Then your pilot will whisk you off to the Hump Track Summit - walk off lunch with an easy one-hour stroll on the board walk circuit as you take in the spectacular panoramic views of Stewart Island, the Solanders and the Fiordland Lakes.
Fly over the old railway track to Port Craig and see relics of this historic timber mill site. From here your pilot completes the adventure at first following the beautiful coastline, then heading inland to Tikana.