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Kepler Water Taxi – Day Walking

Spend a day on the stunning Kepler Track, one of NZ’s most rewarding day walks and get a head start with our Kepler Water Taxi!

You can’t beat a walking track that’s been built with the purpose of showing off the very best features of Fiordland. A number of New Zealand’s hiking trails first came about out of pure necessity – they followed old Maori greenstone trails or pioneer routes. In stark contrast, the Kepler Track was custom-built for pure hiking pleasure. Its alpine vistas, rugged high country, deep gorges, and tall beech forests make the Kepler one of our favourite NZ Must Do’s.

Kepler Track highlights
Climb to the peak of Mount Luxmore, 1472m, for a birds-eye view of Lake Te Anau & the town. Explore the stunning stalactites and stalagmites of the Luxmore Caves and soak up the beauty of grand alpine views that stretch on for miles. Hike through golden tussock high country and tall Beech Forests; and at night, listen for the sound of the morepork, a tiny native owl, or shrill whistles from the Brown Kiwi. The quintessential Fiordland hiking experience!

Flexible Hiking options
Fit a day walk on the Kepler into your itinerary with ease

Conquer Mount Luxmore – Full day hike, moderate to strenuous

  • One of Fiordland’s most rewarding day hikes
  • Embrace the challenge of hiking up Mount Luxmore, from 200m to 1400m
  • Choose to reach the bush line, Luxmore Hut or the summit itself
  • Spectacular views of Fiordland and Lake Te Anau from the top

Brod Bay and Rainbow Reach options – Half-day hikes – 2.5-hour walk / 4-hour walk

  • Be dropped at Brod Bay, on the shores of Lake Te Anau
  • Walk Brod Bay to Te Anau via the Birdlife Park (2.5 hours, easy/flat)
  • OR walk Brod Bay to Rainbow Reach, and catch the bus back to Te Anau (4 hours, easy/flat)
  • Great options for families or trail runners

Don’t Miss the Boat!  Kepler Water Taxi departures 

  • Kepler Water Taxi Wharf, Te Anau Lakefront to Brod Bay
    8.30am, 9.30am and 4 pm
  • Brod Bay to Kepler Water Taxi Wharf, Te Anau Lakefront
    8.45 am, 9.45 am and 4.30pm
  • Available at other times on demand, minimum numbers apply
  • October – April – departing every day, just turn up or pre-book online
  • May – September – available on demand, minimum of 4 passengers required


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