The Kepler Track is a circular tramping track in the South Island of New Zealand, contains the Mt Luxmore, Luxmore Cave and Forest, river and alpine track above the tree line. It is one of the Department of Conservation (DOC) Great Walks.
- This article is an itinerary.
The 60 km (37 mi) circular Kepler tramping track travels through spectacular scenery of the Fiordland National Park area of the South Island of New Zealand and starts and ends near the town of Te Anau. The track passes through many divers landscapes starting on the shores of Lake Te Anau, passing through tall verdant forests, along rocky mountain ledges, deep gorges, and rivers. The track is named after the adjacent maintain range with in turn is named after Johannes Kepler, the 17th Century astronomer.
If walking the track in tree or four days is not challenging enough, you could try running in in the Kepler Challenge, an event in early December to run the track, with the fastest times being around 5 hours, although some take 12 hours.
The start of there track near the lakes’s control gates is within walking distance of the town, about ¾ hour. Many walkers also take a boat across lake Te Anau to Brod Bay. This cuts a couple of hours off the walk.
The track is classed as a Great Walk for late October to end April.
The Kepler Track has 3 excellent Great Walks huts with resident wardens, two camping areas. There are also 2 emergency shelters in the alpine section of the walk.
Depending on the hut they have bunks from 40 to 54 people, provide gas for cooking, running water and toilets. During the winter months pass is removed as are the flushing toilets, inside water supply and fuel fo rate fire.
Hut and camping fees are to be paid to DOC before travel. Space is limited so it may be necessary to book early. The Kepler Track is a popular, but not the most popular great walk, you stand a reasonable chance of getting a bed if you book about 3 months in advance but ideally book when the booking opens around June for the following summer.