"Kepler Track" New Zealand Sports & Outdoors Tip by rozehill
New Zealand Sports & Outdoors: 82 reviews and 103 photos
The Kepler is a 67 kilometre loop track that usually takes four days to complete. However, some people walk it in three days, by cutting out the last five hours of track along side the Waiau River, finishing at Rainbow Reach instead of the Control Gates.
Anticlockwise seems the most popular way to walk the loop. There are three excellent huts and two emergency shelters en route.
On the first day, the Luxmore Hut is reached after a climb of 885 metres from the lake shore and the highest point of the track (1440 metres above sea level) is at the Luxmore Saddle on day two of the walk.
In good weather (a rarity in Fiordland) there are spectacular views of the snow covered Murchison Mountains (home of that rare bird, the Takahe) and also Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri
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