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Description

Alpine vistas and lake beaches define this approximately four day hike on the edge of the Fiordland Wilderness. The region receives high rainfall and rain, snow and cold snaps occur at almost any time of year. Pre-departure planning and preparation can be done in Te Anau at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Center on Lake Front Drive. The hike can be done in other direction, but the more popular direction goes counterclockwise. It is not recommended that you hike outside the Great Walks Season unless you have extensive experience and knowledge of the local weather. In the Great Walks season (23 October 2018 - 30 April 2019): Bookings are required for huts and campsites, huts have gas cooking stoves and resident wardens Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2018 - 22 October 2018): Facilities are greatly reduced, avalanche risk exists, experience is required Bookings are not required - huts and campsites are first come, first served $130 per International visitor per night for all ages (booking required) $65 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required) The Kepler Track also allows camping in designated campsites. Campsites have toilets, water, and picnic tables. New Zealand rate is $20 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate is $40 per person per night for all ages (booking required). For the full route, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/new-zealand/southland-region/kepler-track

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Franko Krech reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Joseph Pallante reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Although I have yet to complete the hike up to the hut, I have spent many days and hours ambling through this track up to Brod Bay. The beginning of the track is flat and to the right, you can see Lake Te Anau and the stoney beach. I'm amazed at how radically different the forest is compared to the beachfront. One second you're shrouded in forest and the next you're exposed and standing on a wind-whipped stoney beach. Further along, you encounter heaps of small waist-high crown ferns as far as the eye can see. Mixed in are beech trees, rimus, and larger palms that blanket the sky. During the winter months, I've been thankful for the canopy coverage from the rain. One time I had to take cover at Dock Bay and happened upon a black Weka which was a pleasant surprise! It's a peaceful feeling as you go along further as the track eventually become surrounded fields of green moss which blanket the forest floor. Tons of hypholoma australianum grow red and orange, some big enough to look like small pancakes sitting on a bed of green fluffy moss. Lots of orange pagoda fungus and coral fungus line the track as well. I even found a rare unidentified Sarcodon species. If your end goal is to reach the hut then so be it, but just meandering around the forest and taking some of the side tracks to just sit and forest bathe in the greenery is meditative af. I'd give this track a high rating given the diversity and change that occurs in such a short distance.

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HikingBugs

Wow! What an amazing mind battle trail. If you are in the area, you must do this trail. Filled full of up and down hill battles but filled full of incredible views!

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Callum De raad reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Pretty disgusted with the price of the hut fees here. I am hiking all of my equipment needed for a nights sleep (besides a bed) and as a international I am expected to pay $130 dollars each with my partner for one night. $260... I do find this rather on the racist side, kiwis are graced with $60 per night fee, which in my eyes is still eyewatering for what you get. I understand these huts need to be maintained but DOC you are taking the piss mate

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Sarah Wenninger reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Sehr schattig

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Elizabete Vārava reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Quite a boring walk through bush, not much of interactive stuff like bridges etc.

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Ich hab den Track in 24 Stunden gemacht, hab Sonnenuntergang gestartet und bin mit dem Uhrzeigersinn gelaufen, mit Stirnlampe. Im big slip wurden einige Keas durch mich aufgeschreckt, eben so ein Kiwi, der direkt vor mir aus dem Busch sprang! Die Aussicht oben war atemberaubend. Schade war nur, dass ich oben nirgends Wasser auffüllen konnte. Leider konnte ich nicht den ganzen Weg aufzeichnen, da mein Akku ab der Hälfte ca alle war.

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Booy Rodermond reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Long walk for not so impressive views. Large part is through the forest. Only the last few kilometers are outside the forest, but the scenery is not great. In conclusion: not worth the effort.

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Amazing hike! One of the best I did in NZ! I highly recommend taking the water taxi across the lake to make this more doable. The hike is steep in some parts, but was easier than I expected it to be. I saw lots of keas on the trail! The view from MT. Luxmore is well worth it!

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Pénélope Robitaille reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Hiking

Super belle randonnée! Dénivelation graduelle, donc pas trop difficile. Montée en 3h30 jusqu’à la Luxmore Hut. Apportez-vous de la crème solaire pour le dernier 45 minutes!

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Gabriella Chebli reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Seemed more like a moderate trail vs difficult. Incline is very gradual, last 0.75 miles is a bit steeper but still manageable.

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Kevin Bubolz reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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The cave was awesome! Make sure you check it out.

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Mayumi Murase reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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It was easy hike more than I thought but I saw beautiful views. The hut was very clean but only overnight hikers can use any cockers.

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Sarah Dietrich reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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HikingBugs

Two day, one night tramp. Control gates to Luxmore hut on day 1, 5 hours. Luxmore hut to control gates on day 2, 4 hours. Wide, well formed track with no mud. Fantastic views above the treeline. Did the excellent side track from Luxmore hut to the cave. Lots of sandflies at Brod Bay, not so many on the rest of the track.

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Kiernan Lynch reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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excellent views just past the tree line. vertical doesnt feel that challenging over the distance. really enjoyed this hike.

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Chris Cerami reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Hiking

The hike to Luxemore Hut was fantastic as an out-and-back day hike. The trail was firm most of the way with a few light muddy patches, but nothing bad. It was quite windy once we broke tree line but it was still gorgeous despite the heavy cloud cover. All up it took us 7 hours round trip with a 20 minute break at the hut. Definitely worth it!

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Pierre-Alexandre Leconte reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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magnifique randonnée. Je suis parti du parking de Te Anau jusqu'au sommet Luxmore, après la Hut. Redescendu dans la journée ! 8h30 en tout mais c'était vraiment beau !

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Mike Clement reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Backpacking

Day 1 - 8.5 mi from Kepler Track car park to Luxmore hut for the night Day 2 - 3 mi up to Mt Luxmore summit then all the way back to the car park

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Chevrahn Hubbbard reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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HikingMuddy

Hiked from Brod Bay to Luxmore Hut and back. Stopped briefly for pictures and a quick snack. Saw a Kea!. Way up is a rough 1.5 hours

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Daniel Butera reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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HikingMuddy

31/10/19- Walked to brod bay campsite and back. Was a great walk through Forrest like terrain with birds chirping and the lake in the background. 11.5km and just under 3 hours return, with a 20 minute picnic at the campsite.

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