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Hidden Hankinson Experience - Guided Tour

An off the beaten track, pure New Zealand adventure for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts!


  • Enjoy a full day guided tour in remote Fiordland locations
  • Discover a hidden lake - accessible by boat
  • Experience the unspoiled nature on a bushwalk
  • Explore Fiordland National Park’s oldest hut
  • Perfect for anyone looking for a true kiwi adventure!

Join the experienced team at Fiordland Outdoors for a true kiwi adventure in the remote wilderness of Fiordland National Park.

This tour will take you off the beaten track to experience the real New Zealand outdoors on an intrepid journey made possible by our expert guides.

Departing Te Anau Downs by boat we take the journey across the South Islands biggest lake - Lake Te Anau - to arrive at our first mooring. From here you will be guided through the forest on your way to the hidden lake. This is a short, moderate trek through unspoiled Fiordland bush.

Arriving at the stunning Lake Hankinson, which is only accessible by boat or plane, we board our second boat and head across the glacial lake and further into the wilderness. Our next destination is Hankinson Hut - Fiordland’s oldest backcountry hut built in 1928 and rich in local history.

Stay awhile to soak in the tranquillity of Fiordland National Park with the Wapiti River flowing past enticing keen anglers and appreciate the beauty of this immense ecological system before returning back the way we came.

Adult $249.00
Child $149.00 (Aged 4 - 17 years)

What's included

  • Fully guided day tour
  • Two return boat rides and a bushwalk


  • Allow approximately 7 hours for the whole experience


  • Te Anau Downs Boat Launch, Te Anau Downs 9679. Approximately 25 minutes drive from Te Anau.


  • Minimum age: 4

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Please Note: The hike over the hill only takes about 25 mins and is achievable for most people. We aren't in any hurry and can take our time.

  • Optional Extras:

    Picnic Lunch - Sandwich or wrap, piece of fruit, cheese and crackers, fruit and nut mix, and piece of sweet baking. $35 per adult and $25 per child.


    Any changes or cancellations by the customer less than 24 hours before departure will not be eligible for a refund or rescheduling.


10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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