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We walked the track in 3 days staying at Luxmore and Iris burn. The track is well maintained and easy to follow and relatively easy. The first day takes you through forests and up onto the tops gaining most of your altitude. The second day...More
We had planned to do the track in 4 days. After the first night in the Luxmore hut we had to turn back. The pass over the luxmore top was closed due to a blizzard. A shame because the nicest views are on the second...More
Without time to do the whole Keplar Track we opted for two long day hikes, one up to Mt Luxmore and one starting from Rainbow Reach and heading in the opposite direction. For the biggest bang for the buck in terms of views chose to...More
All in all a very nicely arranged hiking experience by Easyhike. Do think the food could have been better, but the equipment arranged was good and very easy to use. Saved us a lot of space in our luggage, if we had to arrange it...More
It was doable to complete the full track in 2D1N, though it was a little tiring walking long distances with a heavy pack. I started in Te Anau and went past Luxmore to Iris Burn on the first day, which is the more challenging part...More
It takes a few hours before you can get out of the bush but when you're above the tree line, views are really amazing. (5KM from the car park to Broad bay which tool me about an hour and then 8.4 KM up hill that...More
We visited Kepler track in June, which is winter in NZ, therefore due to limited time we wanted to do a day hike to see what this trail is like. We checked with local tourist info about the conditions and they said that there may...More
We did the walk in April and were faced with strong cross winds across the ridges, however as like other walks it added to the adventure. We were advised safety options and guidance at the Huts by very informative wardens before.
The walking is challenging...More
Left from the Te Anau control gates at 11am on a winter day, walked up to the limestone cliffs and back in time for a nice dinner in town. Once we hit the snow line the going was tougher, and we did not have the...More
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No sure there is a guided tour. Not needed anyway. A reasonable level of fitness is still required for this hike. But the tracks are superb. Head to the Luxmore hut for your first night, be prepared for 3-4 hour climb... More
No sure there is a guided tour. Not needed anyway. A reasonable level of fitness is still required for this hike. But the tracks are superb. Head to the Luxmore hut for your first night, be prepared for 3-4 hour climb. The view however, will knock your socks off once clear of the trees. Then get an early start on day two, you still have about 2 hours of climbing to do, but you will catch the early morning views as the sun gets up above the horizon and starts bouncing off the Southern Alps to the West. Take a good Sandfly repellent for huts two and three.
I cheated and flew by helicopter to and from Luxmore Hut but the lower sections of the track I walked were well maintained. You may need a hiking pole in the higher sections of the track but I really can't... More
I cheated and flew by helicopter to and from Luxmore Hut but the lower sections of the track I walked were well maintained. You may need a hiking pole in the higher sections of the track but I really can't give a definitive answer.
Hello NZ Forum, My wife and I are travelling to New Zealand in about a month and a half from now, arriving to Auckland on 16 October and leaving from Christchurch on 30 Oct. As background, we are 30 and 31 years old, decently active, and plan to ramp up our 'training', if you will, in the coming 6 weeks as we prepare for our trip. Since our trip is right before Great Walk season opens, we are worried about the weather and lack of bridges and other reduced facilities on many of the...More
August 31, 2015|
My husband & I did the Hump Ridge Track -3 days, 2 night in lodges - excellent experience! But you will be in late winter, not sure of the weather way down there at that time. We also really enjoyed days hikes in Abel Tasman - just outstanding. One of the many reasons we will go back to NZ.
Routeburn vs. Kepler track in mid April (7 Replies)
My husband and I will be in the South Island from 11th April for a week. We love to hike and wish to do either the Routeburn or Kepler track. Which one offers the most spectacular scenery, and which is the most physically strenuous?
February 07, 2010|
That's a bit like asking "red or blue". These tracks are not that far apart as the crow flies. What are you looking for?
2 Weeks South Island Holiday Itinerary (2 Replies)
Just wondering what your thoughts are on this itinerary - 2 weeks South Island in April. Day 1 Fly into Christchurch. Pick up hire car - Sightseeing and overnight Christchurch. Day 2 Travel to Hokitika via Aurthurs Pass. Stop do do a short walk on Aurthurs Pass walking tracks. Overnight Hokitika. Day 3 & 4 Travel to Franz Josef. Glacier walk & Heli Hike. Overnight both nights Franz Josef. Day 5 Travel to Wanaka. Visit vineyards & breweries. Mt iron walk. Overnight...More
December 31, 2013|
You have planned well Leigh :) my one suggestion - reorder your route so as to include the Lindis Pass. so you would go Wanaka to Dunedin to Invercargaill to Te Anau to Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook - via the Lindis - just makes for a more scenic drive. Happy travels :)