Kepler Track

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Kepler Track is a 60.7 kilometer 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.

Distance: 60.7 km Elevation Gain: 2,216 m Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

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 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 a list of the hike broken into segments, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/kepler-track

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome experience!

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

backpacking
3 months ago

The best views are Luxmore hut to Iris Burn.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

Absolutly beautiful hike, beautiful views at the top and along ridgeline and gorgeous scenery through the forest. Were lucky with the weather the whole time, so were able to have a nice refreshing swim in lake manpouri end day 3. we took our time and did 4 days :) absolutly loved it.

hiking
5 months ago

It was truly amazing. I dit it in two days in clockwise. First day only jungle. You follow a river and then a lake. But the second day was wonderful. During three hours you follow the mountains ridge with scenic views. One of the great hike I have done

5 months ago

amazing view of the mountains and lakes.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome Trail awesome views towards Manapouri not sure about Te Anau because we only had 20-60 meatres of visability from car park till hanging valley shelter! My Brother (9) coped perfectly fine infact better than the rest of us! Awesome wild life on second day. Did it in 3 days.

hiking
6 months ago

Outstanding alpine level hike with amazing mountain and lake scenery!

trail running
7 months ago

did it in 1 day. 62km in 10h45 ... counterclockwise of course ... water is clean at the 3 huts along the way so pack light on water if you want to enjoy your run ... started at 6h15am ... covered and rainy for half the run ... nice views at the top and nice tropical forest for the second half! if i would to do it again i would run it half way counterclockwise and come back the same way. start at the parking lot directly!!

7 months ago

I did it in one day, if you enjoy the view for a bit and want a challenge then do it. Total: 11 hours, 45km, finished at rainbow reach

7 months ago

Awesome hike - beautiful hiking trail - well maintained

backpacking
9 months ago

Done in 2 days instead of the 3 I had planned. The 1rst day was windy but amazing with stunning views on the lake and mountains, the 2nd day was a long but nice bush walk.

One of the harder Great Walks in my opinion, although the age recommendation is ten my brother was seven when he did it. He survived, but it took a toll on him. If you are afraid of heights I wouldn't recommend this because during most of the second day, if you trip, you will go rolling down the cliff.

10 months ago

Spectacular views

11 months 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.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

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
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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).

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Only wish we had time to do whole track

backpacking
Monday, November 27, 2017

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!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Perhaps my favorite Great Walk.

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

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