Kepler Track - NZ Great Walk


The Kepler Track offers vistas of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, the alpine grassland of the Jackson Peaks, beech forest and U-shaped glacial valleys.

There is no guided walking option currently on the Kepler Track other than specialist 'charter' guiding from some operators.

There are three Department of Conservation huts along the track. The well-graded track can be walked in either direction with a shorter three-day walk option finishing at the swing bridge at Rainbow Reach.

It is recommended that the track is walked in an anti-clockwise direction, allowing a more gradual climb of 1000m through cool beech forest to the bush line. Those with limited time, experience or fitness may choose to stay only one night in a hut or do a day walk.

The walk from Rainbow Reach to Moturau Hut on the shores of Lake Manapouri is particularly suitable for family groups.

Two nights at Luxmore Hut makes a nice option in winter time when the alpine section is often blanketed with snow and there is high avalanche danger. 


60 kms


3-4 days


October to May

During winter the track remains open but with reduced facilities.

Track Transport Options

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