Kepler Track is a 4-day walking route through the Kepler Mountains in Fiordland National Park, the largest protected national area in New Zealand ( 1 210 000 ha). Officially opened in February 1988 as part of the National Park Centennial Year Celebrations, the Kepler Track passes through landscapes ranging from tall mossy forest to rocky mountain ridges, from lake shores to deep gorges. Kepler Track rivals any other New Zealand walking track for scenery and variety of natural history. Easily reached from the township of Te Anau ( 1 Hour walking, 10 minutes by vehicle), the Kepler Track can be walked and enjoyed by anybody with moderate outdoor ability and fitness.
Vast tussock-covered ridgelines and spectacular alpine vistas contrast with peaceful lakeside and valley beech forest in this wilderness adventure.
- Explore the fascinating Luxmore Caves
- Take in alpine tussock grasslands and views of Lake Te Anau.
- Walk to Iris Burn Falls
Great Walk tracks are of a higher standard than most other tracks so are well formed and easy to follow. The tracks are usually very wide depending on the terrain – some fit two people walking side by side in flat areas.
- The surface is usually gravel, rock or dirt, and like any track can get slippery in wet weather.
- Most rivers and waterways on these tracks have sturdy bridges. Occasionally there are also small streams that cross the track but are usually easy enough to step across safely. Be aware that in wet weather rivers can rise very quickly and flood the tracks.
- There are hill climbs where the track becomes steeper, which is all the better for views.
Click here for DOC Information on Kepler Track Great Walk