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Fiordland Outdoors

Guided Tours

Hidden Hankinson

$249 ad / $149 ch Book Now
  1. Boat Boat
  • Leave From

    Te Anau Downs

  • Return to

    Te Anau Downs

  • Duration

    7 hours return


    All year round

  • Hikers getting onboard the Lake Hankinson boat transport with Fiordland Outdoors
  • Cup of hot tea at Lake Hankinson Hut on the Guided day tour with Fiordland Outdoors
  • Mountain reflections upon Lake Hankinson
  • Blue bird day with Fiordland Water Taxis
  • Hankinson Hut from a far, of Hidden Hankinson Guided tour with Fiordland Outdoors
  • Hiking through the Fiordland National Park o n the Lake Hankinson day trip with Fiordland Outdoors


The Hidden Hankinson Experience

Get off the beaten track and further into Fiordland than any bus tour will ever go. Journey to a hidden lake, Fiordland’s oldest backcountry hut and a tranquil and remote location. Access to this special location is by boat and a short walk and includes an expert local guide.

Your journey into Fiordland

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Step 1  Te Anau Downs to the top of Middle Arm, Lake Te Anau by boat
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An hour boat journey from Te Anau Downs across Lake Te Anau to the head of Middle Arm, via the stunning Doubtful Islands.

Step 2  Bushwalk to Lake Hankinson
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Follow your guide through a short 25-minute bushwalk through the beech forest to the hidden lake.

Step 3  Boat journey up Lake Hankinson
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Enjoy a 25-minute boat journey up Lake Hankinson to Wapiti River and the Hankinson Hut, deep into Fiordland National Park.

Step 4  Explore Hankinson Hut and Wapiti River
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Spend time exploring the Fiordland bush around Hankinson Hut (built in 1928) and the clear waters of the Wapiti River flowing past. Catch the boat back across Lake Hankinson.

Step 5  Bushwalk to Middle Arm
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Return the way you came with a 25-minute bushwalk back to the head of Middle Arm and your waiting water taxi.

Step 6  Middle Arm to Te Anau Downs by boat
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Relax and enjoy the scenery on your return 50-minute boat journey back to Te Anau Downs.

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  • Hidden Hankinson - Shared trip

    Share your trip with other fellow explorers, trip begins and ends by boat.

    • Boat Boat
    $249 p/adult
  • Hidden Hankinson - Private trip with flight

    Secure this very special experience all for yourself and your friends on our private day out including a scenic helicopter flight back to Te Anau.

    • Boat Boat
    • Helicopter Helicopter
    From $2,999 up to 4 ppl

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