Kepler Track Great Walk

Jet Boat & Kepler Track Hike

Look onto the Waiaur River and over to Lake Manapouri as you fly up to the Kepler Track

Jet boat and Hike in one incredible day

Experience Lake Manapouri and the Fiordland National Park, with an fun-filled day of jet boating and hiking.  With this package you'll jet boat the mighty Waiau River to Lake Manapouri, and hike an easy section of the famous Kepler Track.  Enjoy the grand landscapes Fiordland is famous for by water, and land in one unforgettable day. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this is a fun package!


  • 2-5hrs
  • 6-16km
  • 50m
  • easy
  • 5.5-8hr trip
  • Adult NZ$350
  • Child NZ$250

Jet Boating 

Experience the thrill of jet boating down the majestic Waiau.  This picturesque river is lined by ancient beech tree forest and features in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings. This is true Middle Earth! Experience the excitement and adventure of the surging river, then enjoy the tranquil surrounds as you cruise onto Lake Manapouri. 


Experience a thrilling jet boat ride down the Waiau River, Fiordland National Park

Hike the Famous Kepler Track

Lace up your walking shoes for some hiking! This 2.5 hour, 6 km guided nature walk follows a portion of the Kepler Track, a New Zealand Great Walk from Lake Manapouri to Rainbow Reach. Your friendly guide will share incredible insights and lead you along this wide, well maintained, mostly flat trail. Hike across sandy, tree lined beaches, peek inside an authentic 'kiwi' tramping hut, discover expansive wetlands, native forest and even a swing bridge, this is a great opportunity for everyone to discover a piece of real New Zealand!

If you are keen and wanting a longer walk, we are also offering the option to extend the hike to the Kepler Track Control Gates, this will add another 10 km to the hike (16 km in total). 

Take a moment to look up at the big trees along the Kepler Track, Fiordland

Length and " difficulty" was perfect!

Tracy and I had a wonderful 2 days with Michelle. We very much enjoyed her relaxed manner, and knowledge.

The length and " difficulty" of the tracks was perfect and the weather you put on was exemplary.

S. Wilcox, Auckland, NZ

The nature here is amazing...

We did like the walk .... with Douglas on the Kepler Track! - The nature here is amazing, and we appreciated our guides explanations.

Gerard and Sylvia
  • Te Anau
  • LoTR Scenes
  • Waiau River
  • Lake Manapouri
  • Shallow Bay Hut
  • Kepler Wetlands
  • Rainbow Reach
  • Control Gates, Kepler Track
  • Beer's Farm, Kepler Track


A hot drink and light snack is provided on the guided walk. We recommend you bring hiking snacks with you and a filled, reusable bottle of water for the hike. There is an option to pre-order a picnic lunch at additional charge. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know prior to the day of travel so we can cater for these. Alternatively you can bring your own lunch with you for the day. 


9.30 am Te Anau accommodation pick up

9.45 am Meet at the Fiordland Jet Office

10.00 am Drop off Queens Reach to meet the jet tboat

10.15 am Depart by jet boat on the Waiau River

11.30 am  Drop off Shallow Bay, Lake Manapouri

12.00 noon Hike to Motorau Hut for lunch

12.30 pm Hike along the Kepler Track to Rainbow Reach (6 km walk)

2.30 pm Arrive Rainbow Reach 

3.00 pm Return to your accommodation for short walk option

5.15 pm Arrive Control Gates (16 km walk)

5.30 pm Return to your accommodation 


What to bring

There are some things we recommend you bring to make your day more enjoyable, please use this as a guide and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing including hat and gloves, sun screen, camera, bottle of water, hiking snacks, lunch and personal medication if required.

We Provide

A professional guide, all transport from your Te Anau accommodation, jet boat ride, and fully guided walk on the Kepler Track.

This package is run in conjunction with Fiordland Jet.

Hike Difficulty

Easy walking, suitable for all ages. 6 km hike from drop off to Rainbow Reach, or walk all the way back to the control gates for a 16 km walk. Good track with no drop offs and mostly flat. On occasion, wet weather may make conditions more challenging.


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