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Kepler Track is a 37.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May.

Length 37.7 mi Elevation gain 7,270 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Snow

Fee

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (3)

Alpine vistas and lake beaches define this approximately four day hike on the edge of the Fiordland Wilderness. The region receives high rainfall and changeable conditions. 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 2019 - 30 April 2020): Bookings are required for huts and campsites, huts have gas cooking stoves and resident wardens Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2019 - 22 October 2019): 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 a list of the hike broken into segments, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/kepler-track

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Reviews (161)
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Joseph Pallante
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Hiking

This was an excellent hike. The sun was out and the sky was clear blue. This time on the track I was determined to make it to Brod Bay. Hiking along the trail in the shade of the palm and beech canopy was cooling, but I was drawn to the beach and spent most of the time walking along the coast, off the beaten path. I spotted deer tracks in the sand and it was interesting to see patches of moss and a whole other islands of micro worlds existing on large rocks. The round-trip provided diverse scenery and it was nice to finally reach the campsite and lay in the sand and not think of anything.

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Luke Cannon
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Backpacking

Did back in February. Amazing tramp, trekked it during the floods and severe weather warning, bucketed with rain but felt like truly experiencing nature and at its mercy. "There's no such thing as bad weather, just wrong gear choices." Beautiful walk, amazing experience, highly recommend.

Arnaud VILASECA
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Hiking

Done in 2 days skipping the last boring bit. amazing views on the top of the mountains, mind blowing views :)

isaac patterson
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No shade

amazing trail

LO FI
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Backpacking

awesome! we did it the other way around (clockwise) and we think this way is better, so we saved the best views for day 3 and had the more flat parts through the forest in the beginning. we had the best possible weather but it can get muddy. luxmore hut was pretty crowded. luxmore peak and the luxmore caves are pretty awesome too!

Simon Des
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HikingRocky
Melissa Mason
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Hiking

Loved this track. Climb to Luxmore Hut was wet, cold and windy with low visibility between the tree line and the hut. Day 2 - it snowed on the summit of Mt Luxmore. Amazing. The walk along the ridge line was my favourite part. The clouds cleared and the weather was great. Can highly recommend this hike.

LittleColiflor .
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Backpacking

Super trek avec de beaux paysages

Brandy Stiles
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Hiking

Hiked from Rainbow bridge to the shallow bay hut

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Daniel Moscoso
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HikingFee

We started the hike from the control gates. The uphill from there is not too bad. We made it to luxemore hut in 4 hours from the control gates. The hut has lots of room and we even got to see a pack of Keas. Beautiful noisy birds. The second day we headed for the ridge. Amazing views, not super windy for us. After the ridge it is a looong way down to Iris hut. It is not fun. Sand flies literally forced us and everyone else around us to be trapped in our tents. I don’t know if people in the huts also had to stay inside. The point is, you can’t enjoy the area because sand flies are constantly attacking you. Inside our tent it sounded like it was raining, but it was sand flies landing on it. If we could do it again. We would go up to luxemore and do most of the ridge and then turnaround. The rest of the hike from iris to rainbow bridge is in the woods and you don’t get any cool vistas. But beautiful hike up on the ridge and heading to luxemore hut.

Will Alderton
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Hiking

Amazing walk. The day across the ridge was superb. Recommended to do the full circuit, including the river.

Wietse Kuiper
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Hiking

Awesome trail! The part between Luxmore and Iris Burn is amazing! In that part there is not much water, so make sure you take enough water with you.

Megan Long
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Hiking

Spectacular! We did the trek in four days with flawless weather and it was an utter delight. Worth flying around the world for!

Bryce W.
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Bugs

A great walk. Take your time, no need to power through and not enjoy journey. Second night (Iris Burn Hut) is great location but hut too small for number of people allowed. Don't underestimate the descent from Luxmore to Iris Burn.

Erin Lord
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Hiking

Besides the steep uphill and the never ending winds, this was also a beautiful hike that was worth every penny and step. Even got to see some Keas!!

Jason H.
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Hiking

Tramp back to car park. Only recorded 2 miles of total 3.5 due to no battery on phone.

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Jason H.
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Hiking

Tramped to Brod Bay on Kiplers Track.

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Amanda Garcia
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HikingBugs

Gorgeous views every day of this four day trek. I can’t emphasize enough what a pest the sand flies are though. Forget deet etc just get a big net and make sure every inch of skin is covered up!!

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Maya McCracken
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Hiking

I completed the full loop on two days due to only getting weekends off for work. Plus side carrying less food, however after passing Luxmore hut and stopping for some lunch then onto summit Luxmore and further onto Iris burn, I did wonder why I'd decided to complete in such a short time but I was rewarded with stunning views along the ridge line free of any other walkers and a sky clear of clouds. Descending down to iris burn while the sun hung low in the sky was something breathtaking. Getting up early to loop round from iris burn felt like a gentle stroll compared to the previous day. Am absolutely stunning walk with a great sense of achievement after due to the more challenging nature. I would definitely recommend being prepared for adverse weather on the ridge line as its totally exposed! Enjoy!

Kellen Broemmelsiek
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HikingBugs

Sandflies are a state of mind.

Linda Manning
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Hiking

Amazing views but would have liked to have done over four days not three.

Jaspar Cowley-Grimmond
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HikingNo shade

Theres no shade on the alpine but it was nice and cool when i went so bring a hat. Fantastic hike.

Krist Ina
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Hiking

Awesome experience!

Andrew Ross
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This is the hardest Great Walk I have done so far. The second day was punishing on my knees but the views were awesome so it was totally worth it. The Luxmore hut is spacious but the Iris Burn is very overcrowded and should have been cheaper. We walked in late April before the track closed and had amazing weather so didn't need all our layers.

Aurélie BC
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Hiking

Lots of forest, stunning views between Luxmore and Iris Burn. You definitely don't want fog for this part ! Did it in 3 days starting on May, 1st. We had a little bit of snow on the ridge and on mount Luxmore summit. Path is really easy.

Sarah Jones
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Backpacking

The best views are Luxmore hut to Iris Burn.

Kimi H
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HikingBugs
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Chri StophL
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Die it in 3 days. First and last day was ok, lot of forest. Track between luxmore and Iris burn is awesome!

Kinder B.
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Hiking

Did this hike up to mount luxamore and just stayed overnight in the luxamore hut for the night. The walk isn’t too tough with the first 5km nice and flat and the then goes up hill but it shaded most of the way but not too tough. The view at the top is amazing and just gets better and better as you keep going up (best bit after luxamore hut). Possible to do mount luxamore in a day if you head of early and fit. Also if you are quite fit and wanting to do whole track I don’t 4 days is need 3 is plenty also making it a bit cheaper as the huts are $130 per person per night and must book before in summer period.

Kylie Yancey
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HikingBugs

Absolutely beautiful trail!! Wanted to do it but couldn’t get a hut, so three of us packed our tent and did the campsites. Definitely recommend going Brod Bay to Luxmore, as going Counter clockwise is a bit more gradual of an incline (still steep!). Once you get up, you stay high and it’s a stunning traverse over some great ridges. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. The sand fly’s can be gnarly so bring bug spray! Easy to do in two nights.

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