Introduction

An excellent full day walk on the Kepler Track (a Great Walk) in Te Anau, with swimming beaches, limestone cliffs and glorious mountain and lake views.

Track overview

13.8 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

8-10 hr return Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

On a day walk to Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track. Photo: Christine Officer.
On a day walk to Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track

This is part of the Kepler Track (a Great Walk).

From the Kepler Track carpark, walk on the Kepler Track which follows the lake shore around to Dock Bay then Brod Bay, two lovely swimming beaches.

From Brod Bay, the track climbs steeply through mountain and silver beech forest, passes under towering limestone bluffs (after about 2 hours) and heads for the bush line.

From here you have panoramic views and it takes about another 45 minutes to walk to Luxmore Hut (1085 m).

This strenuous, full-day walk provides impressive views of Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri and Te Anau basin on one side, and the Murchison and Kepler Mountains on the other.

Getting there

Enjoying lunch with a view, Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track. Photo: Christine Officer.
Enjoying lunch with a view, Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track

This track begins from the Kepler Track carpark, which is at the southern end of Lake Te Anau, about 5 km (6 minutes drive) from Te Anau.

To get there by vehicle or bicycle from the DOC Visitor Centre on Lakefront Drive, follow the Manapouri - Te Anau Highway for about 2 km, turn right onto Golf Course Road for another 1.8 km and the carpark is signposted on the right.

Bus transport is available - see Transport Services in Fiordland.

To walk there (50 minutes) - follow the track from the Visitor Centre to Kepler Track carpark.

Contacts

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
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