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Review of Kepler Track

Kepler Track
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$671.87*
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Fiordland Adventure Day Trip
Ranked #7 of 50 things to do in Te Anau
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We did as a two independent day walks one end from rainbow reach, and the other from the control gates north (anticlockwise)
The first was prettier than the second. They're both mostly sheltered but generally you have a bit more ups and downs from rainbow reach clockwise and more changes in vegetation.

Thank Granduelle
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We only had time to do a one-day hike on the Kepler Track. We did the Shallow Bay section starting at Rainbow Reach and loved it. It's an easy hike and really lovely - very lush and green, a great way to experience a bit of Fijordland. Wish we could have done more.

1  Thank Julianne T
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Do this walk the REVERSE of what is recommended and do it in 3 days not 4/5 unless you love SANDFLIES. Route is Moturau Hut ( bypass ) and overnight Iris Burn. Sandflies along the path OK WHY ? because their all at the huts, demons from hell all partying en masse as each day more trampers turn up so they can feast all day and night. The walking is not tough, flattish, beautiful forest and you can make fast time. Not much really to see. The next day you do the "crème de la crème" of the walk along the ridge back to Te Anau and Luxmore Hut. A fantastic days walking on a sunny not to windy day. The views are varied and stunning. The final section to Luxmore can be stupendous. The Luxmore Hut is virtually Sandfly free. The final day a routine walk out. The recommended way is HARD on the first day as the climb to Luxmore is taxing. Then you have a great day on the tops to then spend overnight in the Sandfly Hilton which also Motorau hut is too. No thanks ! This way its better every day.

Thank VANS_HH
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I did this in mid January 2014 - starting at the control gates , finishing at Rainbow reach.

( tip : leave your car at the finish ..and get a local shuttle to the start, your car will then be waiting for you regardless what time u finish, no need to hit a particular time for a transfer bus back to the start)

Overall - the track is well kept as it is a Great Walk, Superb views from the alpine section on Day 2 - some of the best I have had in NZ ( having also done the Routeburn, Rees-Dart, Wilkin-Young, Travers-Sabine)

the tramp can easily be done in 3 days - however as it is a Great Walk - huts must be booked in advance .. and the prices have gone up to around $55 per night per person!

I would recommend this trip - would rate the scenery as a little better than the Routeburn, and also a bit more strenuous ( took only 2 days for the Routeburn) than Routeburn or Rees-Dart. It is a bit less strenuous than the gillespie pass day of the Wilkin Young circuit .. which has a rougher track) and rather less than the Travers-Sabine.

1  Thank DN164
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Me and a friend decided to do a day hike walking for approximately 7 hours to rainbow reach passing a wildlife centre seeing native NZ birds, which until now I hadn't seen properly! The gaps in the trees showed fantastic views of the Fiordland national park. It was a nice, easy trail and I wish I could have spent a few more days trekking. There are plenty of toilets and drinking water fountains at the huts along the trail.

Thank Amy B
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