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Kepler Track


Distance: 67 km
· Time: 3 - 4 days
· Grade: Moderate
· Higest point: 1270 m
· Island: South
· Location: Fiordland National Park

The Kepler Track is located in Fiordland National Park is a popular circuit track starting just 5km from Te Anau.

The best time to walk this track is during the summer months as snow and ice may cause parts of the alpine section to be closed. . A reasonable fitness level is also also required as there is some climbing to and traversing alpine tops.

During the summer months the 3 huts on the kepler track are provided with heating, gas for cooking, mattresses, running water and flush toilets. A hut warden will be present and a hut ticket must be pre-purchased.

Beech is the main forest tree within the surrounding area with mountain, silver and red beech at lower altitudes alongside kamahi, and podocarps such as miro, rimu, kahikatea and totara and silver beech around the tree line.

There is a rich diversity of birdlife in and around the Kepler Track with bellbirds, tomtits, grey warblers, fantails in the forested areas. Yellowheads and robins in the Iris Burn and yellow-crowned parakeets along the Waiau River. Kiwi's and moreporks may also be heard at night around Mt Luxmore and Upper Iris Burn huts.


· Control Gates to Brod Bay 1½ hours, 5.6 km. (Camping).
· Brod Bay to Luxmore Hut 3½ to 4½ hours, 8.5 km.
· Mt Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut 5 to 6 hours, 18.6km
· Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut 5 to 6 hours, 17.2km
· Moturau Hut to Rainbow Reach 1.5 hours, 6.2km

More Information

Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Department of Conservation
Lakefront Drive
PO Box 29, Te Anau
New Zealand

Ph: +64 3 249 7924
Fax: +64 3 249 7613