Kepler Track NZ Great Walk

The Kepler Track NZ is one of New Zealand’s most well known Great Walks because of it’s breathtaking Alpine views. The track is located near Te Anau which the hub of three of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The Routeburn Track and the Milford Track are located close by. This close proximity of Great Walks making this area a hiker’s paradise.

Day One - Kepler Track Car Park to Brod Bay Campsite (5.6 km)

Start at Kepler Track car park and hike through bush along side Lake Te Anau. This is an easy hike across mostly flat terrain which leads to Brod Bay campsite. At night you can fall asleep to the sound of Morepork and Kiwi if you are lucky. The campsite has toilets, a cooking shelter and some park benches. Plenty of water is available from the Lake however it should be boiled first for at least 3 minutes before use. More information is available from DOC, see link at the bottom of this page.

Day one Kepler Track NZ to Brod Bay Campsite
Easy Hike through bush towards Brad Bay Campsite

Day Two – Brod Bay Campsite to Luxmore Hut (8.2 km)

Slightly more challenging day, only 8.2 km to get to Luxmore Hut. However this is a hard slog of 800 m elevation zigzagging up hill through the bush with little reward.

800 m of elevation zigzagging up hill through the bush
Zigzagging up hill through the bush

Until you break through the bush and are rewarded with views like these before heading onto the Luxmore hut. This hut features views of Lake Te Anau and the Kepler Mountains. It is well equipped with running tap water, flushing toilets (during great walk session) and gas stoves making this hut a great place for cooking those more elaborate meals.

Rewarding views after the bush Kepler Track
Rewarding views begin on the Kepler Track
Luxmore Hut Kepler Track with weather going bad
On to the Luxmore Hut
Luxmore Caves Kepler Track Great Walk
Explore Luxmore Caves

The highlight of the Kepler Track and the longest day but most rewarding. Experience breathtaking alpine views across the south fiord of Te Anau to Murchison mountains. If you are lucky you will come across some Kea who have made the mountains their home.

The elevation profile for this part of the track look’s soft in the guide for the Kepler Track. However don’t be fooled by this because on this day it is a case of what goes up must come down. All the way to Iris Burn Campsite.

Hading up Mt Luxmore on the Kepler Track NZ in Bad Weather
Walking up Mt Luxmore in Bad Weather
Two friendly Kea on the Kepler Track Great Walk
Two friendly Kea
Kea on the Kepler Track Looking to fly away with our stuff
Kea wanting to take our gear
Breathtaking Alpine Views of the Kepler Track
Breathtaking views of Kepler Track
Kepler Track Great Walk Lake Te Anau
Lake Views Heading down to camp
Amazing views of the south fiord stretching from Lake Te Anau to the Murchison Mountains
Views of the South Fiord
Hanging Valley Shelter on The Kepler Track NZ
Hanging Valley Shelter
On the way down to Iris Burn Hut and Campsite Kepler Track NZ
On the way down to Iris Burn Hut and Campsite
Change in Scenery at the end of Day 3 on the Kepler Track NZ
Change in Scenery
Walking Past Gushing Streams

Iris Burn Campsite

Iris Burn Campsite Kepler Track NZ
Iris Burn Campsite Kepler Track NZ
Iris Burn Campsite Cooking Shelter
Iris Burn Campsite Cooking Shelter

Day Four – Iris Burn Campsite to Moturau Hut ( 16.2 km)

Another easy day hiking through the bush on mostly flat terrain. During this section you will meet a variety of small birds which have made the Kepler Track NZ their home. Some of which may follow you along on you journey. At the end of your day you will be rewarded with an overnight stay at the Moturau Hut. While there, you can experience an amazing sunset. If you are lucky you may even get to see kiwi in their natural habitat.

On the Way to Moturau Hut Kepler Track NZ
On the Way to Moturau Hut Kepler Track NZ

Moturau Hut

Moturau Hut Kepler Track
Moturau Hut
Lake Manapouri Kepler Track
Lake Manapouri
Amazing sunset above Lake Manapouri from Moturau Hut
Amazing sunset above Lake Manapouri
Amazing sunset from Moturau Hut Kepler Track
Amazing sunset from Moturau Hut

Day Five – Motorau Hut – Rainbow Reach Car park or Kepler Track Car park (6 – 15.5 km)

More time in the bush and across wooden paved wetland, again with easy flat terrain. This time however walking next to the beautiful Waiau River. This amazing Great Walk can finish at either the Rainbow Reach car park or the Kepler Track Car park.

Unique and fragile wetlands on the Kepler Track
Path crossing through wetlands
Beautiful Waiau River
Waiau River

For more information on Kepler Track NZ visit the New Zealand Department of Conservation