Why not fly your packs up on the first day of the Kepler, and enjoy walking light? The first day on the Kepler Track is a beautiful yet challenging climb up to Luxmore Hut. You wind your way through gorgeous beech forest, past enormous rock formations and up into the alpine meadows, with wide-open views out over the mountains and Lake Te Anau. By helicoptering your packs you’ll enjoy the climb more, and have loads of energy to take the side-walk from the hut to the cave system that afternoon. Best of all, you’ll be thanking us for having fresh shoulders for the second day of the walk: the most challenging day.
This rate is a special deal, available when there is already a flight booked going to, or near to Luxmore Hut. If for any reason the flight is cancelled or we cannot fit your packs in, but you’re still very keen to walk without a pack, you have the option of chartering our aircraft yourself.
Small pack charter 1-7 packs: $360.00 incl GST
Large pack charter 8-20 packs: $500.00 incl GST
**During the Great Walks Season we are only permitted to land at Luxmore Hut between the hours of 10am-3pm**
Q: Can you drop packs off at other huts along the Great Walks?
A: No, sorry. The Luxmore Hut is the only hut that Helicopters are permitted to land.
Q: Where will you leave our packs?
A: The pilots will place them safe and dry inside the hut – away from the weather and the kea!
Q: What if there is bad weather?
A: The pilots make a call on the weather each morning. If the weather is uncertain, we will cancel the flight before you start walking, to avoid your bags being stranded in Te Anau.
Q: Are there weight limits for the packs?
A: We have based the packs on an average of 15kg pack. If your pack is heavier, please have a chat with our friendly team in the office for further information about this – there may be a solution.
Q: What’s your cancellation policy or refund policy?
A: If your cancellation is due to unforeseen circumstances and more than 48 hours’ notice is given, no payment will be taken from your card. If less than 48 hours’ notice is given, a 50% payment will be taken from your card. If no notice is given and you do not show up for your flight, 100% payment will be taken from your card.