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Kepler Track



Quick Facts

Distance: 67 km
Time: 3 - 4 days
Grade: Moderate
Higest point: 1270 m
Island: South
Location: Fiordland National Park
Map: Manapouri C43 / Te Anau D43

By Garry

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. Even during the summer months trampers should be well equipped for all conditions. 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 purchase.

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.

Times

· 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

Transport - There is a shuttle bus service to and from the track ends (5 km's from Te Anau), and boat services from Te Anau to Brod Bay.

· Information on transport and prices.

Kepler Track Links

· http://www.peakpeak.com/~dupriest/kepler.html
· http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~burkhard/Tramping/Kepler/Kepler.html
· http://www.bluegumdata.com.au/pictures/newzealand/kepler.htm

· Kiwifootpaths - a laminated guide book which includes a map, track guide, photos and lots more.







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