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Fiordland Outdoors

Plan and Prepare

Kepler Track Multi-Day Hike

  • Leave From

    Te Anau Lakefront

  • Return to

    Te Anau / Te Anau Lake Front

  • Duration

    2 + Nights

  • Availability

    1st Oct 2021 - 30th April 2022

  • Suitable for

    Everyone with DOC hut tickets

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Catch the Kepler Water Taxi to the Kepler Track, and you'll skip the first six kilometres of the hike. As you begin the hike up the Mount Luxmore section of track, you'll be glad you did.

The Kepler Track delivers a curated compilation of the best Fiordland has to offer. In one mighty walk, hikers can take in a veritable ‘greatest hits’ of Fiordland’s epic landscape.

While many of Fiordland’s hiking trails are the remains of access trails left behind by early Maori or pioneers, the Kepler Track, in stark contrast, was custom-built for pure hiking pleasure. Its alpine vistas, rugged high country, deep gorges, and tall beech forests have cemented the Kepler Track as an NZ must-do.

The full Kepler Track is a 60km, two, three or four-day point-to-point track beginning and ending in Te Anau. The Kepler Water Taxi, departing from the Te Anau lakefront, is the easiest way to start your Kepler adventure as it delivers you to Brod Bay well on your way to Luxmore Hut.

Thanks to its proximity to Te Anau, the Kepler Track is enjoyed both as a day walk and a multi-day hike.

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The beauty of the Kepler Track

The Kepler Track offers hikers a glimpse of Fiordland’s many scenic wonders.

Explore the Luxmore caves and their stalactites and stalagmites. Marvel at the beautiful alpine vistas, the tussock-covered high country, deep gorges and tall mossy beech forests. The challenge of climbing to the summit of 1,472-metre high Mount Luxmore is worth the effort as you’re rewarded with a birds-eye view of Lake Te Anau and the vast expanse of Fiordland National Park. At night, listen out for native birdlife, including the sound of the morepork – a tiny owl – and, if you strike it lucky, the shrill whistles from the brown kiwi.

How to access the Kepler Track

You can start the Kepler Track at the Kepler Track car park, walking from Te Anau township or Brod Bay. Walkers can skip the first six kilometres of the track by catching the Kepler Water Taxi directly to Brod Bay.

What to pack when you are hiking in Fiordland

We recommend downloading this super handy app to have with you on your hike. It even shows your GPS location so you can see where on the trail you are located while you hike.

Download the Great Hikes App here

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  • Kepler Overnight Walk Map 3
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Highlights

Catch the water taxi to the track and save your energy for the climb to Luxmore Hut

Short on time and have great fitness? Depart early and walk through to the Iris Burn Hut, reducing the Kepler to a 1 night/2 day walk

No need to leave your car in the track car park, the water taxi departs from our lakefront wharf in Te Anau

The 6km walk from the Kepler car park to Brod Bay is lovely but you will see plenty of this bush scenery on the final 2 days of the hike, save it till then

We love to meet hikers starting their adventures and we are happy to answer any last minute questions you might have or let you know a little about the Kepler Track on the way over

FAQs

Where can I park my car while I am hiking the track?

We suggest parking at the DOC long term car park, 15 mins walk from our Kepler Water Taxi and 2 mins walk from where the bus from Rainbow Reach will drop you off. It is reasonably safe to park your vehicle here overnight but we recommend you don't leave any valuables unattended. We are happy to store luggage for you free of charge at our office.

How do I get back to Te Anau from Rainbow Reach?

Easy! Add on a bus from Rainbow Reach to your Kepler Water Taxi booking or a vehicle relocation around to Rainbow Reach to have your vehicle waiting for you.

Is the Kepler Water Taxi available outside of the advertised hours?

On demand departures groups over 5 people are available, call us to organise.