Guided walks off-track
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Want to leave the hiking trails behind and get into the wilderness of Fiordland National Park, and walk through its amazing forest and mountains? You can! Guided off-track hiking expeditions, led by qualified and experienced bush guides, and of a variety of levels of difficulty, from fairly easy to only-for-the-fit, are available direct from Te Anau.
It is important to check that guides you hire are suitably qualified and safety audited, and that they have permission from the Department of Conservation to operate in the areas that they take you. There are strict controls on guided groups entering Fiordland wilderness away from the main trails, and a special licence called a "concession" must be obtained by your guide. So check they have one.
Bushbash is a qualified and licensed off-track guiding company based in Te Anau run by bush instructors. It runs an off-track wilderness half-day or one day experience in the Kepler Mountains near Te Anau, teaching survival skills and bush navigation skills, and conservation trapping methods to protect our birds from possums, stoats and rats.
Bushbash offers a gentle nature experience day in the Back Valley too, a beautiful fauna and flora-rich wilderness area accessible from Lake Manapouri.
Bushbash also runs multi-day bush and mountain wilderness camping expeditions, on routes such as Mount Titiroa, the iconic peak south of Manapouri, and in the Ailsa Range above the Routeburn Track. All its trips start from Te Anau or Manapouri. For more information go to Bushbash.
Unless you are experienced in walking in New Zealand bush it's not a good idea to head off-track into Fiordland forest on your own. It is a bit like walking in fog; very difficult to know your bearings, and very easy to get lost.
Unless you have emergency rescue equipment with you, there is little hope of rescue if you get hurt, due to the size of Fiordland and limited cell phone coverage. Hire a guide instead.
If you are heading into the wilderness on your own, carry rescue equipment with you; for more information, go to Safety in the park.
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Bushbash has a special concession from the Department of Conservation to guide you off-track in Fiordland and on minor trails. You will see rare birds and ancient trees; not people. Learn from your qualified bush instructor vital survival skills to help you stay safe in such a wild place and experience the heart of Fiordland, straight out of Lord of the Rings. You might even see a hobbit or two...Go to the Bushbash website