Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Southland Region with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Kepler Track

21 days ago

Hiked the first part up to the end of the treeline back in February. Easily the most stunning place I've ever been. The forest is incredibly lush and the trails are well maintained. It helps to have waterproof boots during the rainy season as mud does accumulate quite a bit. Once you get past the treeline prepare to be amazed with stunning views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and lake below. I will definitely be back to complete the loop when I'm outfitted with enough gear.

One of the most challenging but fun hikes I’ve ever done!! 110% recommend taking your partner and seeing how long you can last

hiking
1 month ago

I did this track in one day !
the first part is lovely.
After that was snowing so WE couldn't see much

Anyway it's a really nice track to do, but you should do it during the great season (Oct/Apr).

6 months ago

Only wish we had time to do whole track

Leila walk the Whole way to summit

Nice small trek with a perfect view from the top ! The lac Marian is awesome from there

backpacking
8 months ago

I loved the hike along the top (once I got there!) along the ridge. Beautiful views...you feel like you’re on top of the world. Side hikes to the cave and waterfall are a must!

walking
9 months ago

Enjoy changing perspectives of Milford Sound as you follow the foreshore path.

i did it under snow and low clouds but it was still magical to be above the bushline

Perhaps my favorite Great Walk.

Great tramp! Unfortunately couldn't reach the very end as of spring snow and lack of equipment.

hiking
11 months ago

Well, if you want a challenging hike, you found it here! Due to the climate of this region, expect this trail to be very wet - several mud bogs to cross over, plus slippery roots and four creek crossings (with slippery rocks). You can see some amazing flora and fauna here, particularly birdlife. Give yourself plenty of time: the sign posted at the trailhead is full of lies (2 hours one way is optimistic). As much as it was a challenge, it was one of the most memorable hikes I've done. Bring spare socks to stay dry!

Pick the best weather day and get up there! It offers completely stunning 360 deg views and lovely green healthy vegetation the whole way up.

I hiked this trek on a cloudy, rainy day in late-January. The Milford Sound area had seen only one sunny day in two months, so I wasn't alone in my wet experience. The path is mostly a steady ascent of switchbacks amongst lush green, with a couple waterfalls near the base, and ending at a guided nature walk. There's a sign at the summit with a photo of the surrounding view, which gave me a glimpse at what I could have been seeing behind the clouds. Looks amazing; wish I could have seen it live! Nice trek, but do know that you'll be disappointed in a (lack of) vista reward if the weather isn't in your favor.

Loved this hike when we did it about three years ago in the spring. There are two lakes at the top that perfectly reflected the snow-capped peaks around Key Summit.

Best hike I've ever done.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One of the best hikes I have ever done...and I have done hundreds of hikes. Cascading waterfalls, steep peaks, a couple small stream crossings, this hike has it all. Here is my full story on this fantastic route!
http://www.theworldhiker.com/2017/01/new-zealands-perfect-hike/

backpacking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wow kepler, probably deserves an ode but a mere review will have to suffice. Spectacular scenery from lakeside to fern filled forests and gnarly trees growing sideways out of the hillside to sweeping views of valleys and lakes with clouds rolling in and out like the tide. With good weather the views cannot be beat. The sleeping huts make your pack lighter. This trek is a must do!

Monday, February 13, 2017

1st day : 1000m up ↗️ pretty hard, Luxmore hut has an amazing view

walking
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Milford Sound is magical. Give yourself plenty of time to take in the sights.

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