Kepler Track - New Zealand
The Kepler Track is considered a moderately challenging 3 – 4 day 70 kilometre circular walk. Taking you through Fiordland's tussock country,beech forest, mountains and some of New Zealand’ s most spectacular scenery.
The well formed tracks and modern huts make this one of the less demanding New Zealand tramping tracks to negotiate.
In the summer there are shuttle buses to the start of the track at Lake Te Anau.With three huts
- Iris Burn
- Rainbow Reach
you must book your track accommodation. You can do so online at www.doc.govt.nz, or by post, fax, email or phone.
You can camp along the track at the two designated camping grounds at Brod Bay and Iris Burn Hut.Bookings are not required in winter but you MUST
check weather and track conditions as snow and avalanches affect the track.
Guided Day Walks - Kepler Track
There are several day guided walks - you need to book these at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau .
Independent Day Walks along the Kepler Track
- Control Gates to Dock Bay – 1 hour return
- Control Gates to Brod Bay – 3 hours return
- Control Gates to Mt. Luxmore – 8-10 hours return
- Control Gates to Rainbow Reach – 2½ hours
- Rainbow Reach to Shallow Bay or Moturau Hut – 3-3½hours return
You can find more information about these walks in the
Day Walks in Fiordland National Park brochure
available from the Department of Conservation in Te Anau or at http://www.doc.govt.nz (Cut and Paste URL)
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Kepler Track Route
CHECK the WEATHER
As with any of the New Zealand Great Walks you should always find out about the weather before heading off, each day along the way.The weather in this area can be extreme.
You start at the Control Gates and follow the shoreline of the Lake through beech forests to Dock Bay. From here on to Brod Bay where you will most likely stop if you plan on camping. Brod Bay to Luxmore Hut where those staying in huts will spend their first night climbs from the beach to the bushline where you get amazing views back to Te Anau, Takatimu ,Snowden and Earl Mountains.
Do take note of weather and not go on if it is raining and/or with strong winds. You climb from Luxmore Hut to the top of Mt Luxmore. You then descend again to the Forest Burn Saddle and through to Hanging Valley Shelter....... on to Iris Burns Hut. You may like to take the 20 minute walk to the Iris Burns Waterfall.
The next day takes you through beech forest, down to the shoreline of Lake Manapouri and on to Motourau Hut.
The last day kindly takes you on a more gentle path through more beech forest to the Waiau River.across one of those wonderful swing bridges to Rainbow Reach and a shuttle bus pickup.
Or you can walk on another 3 hours or so along the Waiau River to Rainbow Reach and the Wildlife Centre to the Visitor Centre.
Mountain, silver and red beech forest are the main trees in the Kepler Mountains with other New Zealand natives mixed in kamahi, miro, rimu, kahikatea and totara. You will also be entranced by the abundance of ferns, mosses and perching plants and if you are walking through in spring the bright yellow of the kowhai in full bloom. With lake and mountain views this is a glorious Great Walk.
There is plenty of accommodation including backpackers ,YMCA, hotels and motels in Te Anau..... where you can rest your weary bones after your walk.
Be sure you are well equipped for New Zealand bush and tramping tracks. Check what tramping and hiking gear you should have HERE
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