Kepler Track Great Walk
Many of New Zealand’s Great Walks are loosely built around old pioneer exploration route, or Maori greenstone hunting trails. None rival the Kepler’s claim to fame – this is the only Great Walk that was tailor-made to show you the very best that Fiordland has to offer; a ‘Greatest Hits’ of mossy beech forests, cascading waterfalls, ancient valleys and limestone formations.
The full track itself takes four days to hike, but because the trail begins so close to Te Anau, exploring a shorter portion of the trail is easy. Dotted with ancient beech forest and winding around the edge of Lake Te Anau, the beginning of the Kepler offers an easygoing, highly enjoyable ‘taster’ of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful hikes.
The highest point of the Kepler is Mount Luxmore, where hikers overnight at Luxmore Hut. The views there are outstanding – you’ll get a birds’ eye view of Lake Te Anau and far beyond into the depths of Fiordland National Park. However, it’s a bit of a mission to reach Mount Luxmore in a day. The best way to experience this spectacular part of the Kepler is by Helicopter; something we offer as part of our popular Kepler Heli-Hike.
Exploring the Kepler with a guide is an awesome way to learn about the area’s unique ecological cycle. Spot rare native birds, be introduced to the unique conservation efforts in effect in & around the trail and get a real taste of warm, kiwi hospitality.