Kepler track: Carpark to Dock bay and Brod bay.

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This easy track follows the first part of the Kepler Track (a Great Walk) around the Te Anau lake shore to two lovely swimming and picnicking - it's great for children and they can earn a Kiwi Guardians medal too! Catch a water taxi one way for a shorter walk.

Track overview

5.6 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1-3 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From the Kepler Track carpark, the track follows the lake shore through mountain and red beech forest, with kamahi and some scattered rimu and miro and yellow-flowering kowhai.

It passes an attractive grove of hard tree ferns and crown ferns before reaching Dock Bay – suitable for swimming and with toilet facilities. Earn a Kiwi Guardians medal here.

The track then crosses Coal Creek Bridge and follows the lake shore to Brod Bay –  a delightful place to swim and with toilet facilities and a campsite.

Getting there

This track begins from the Kepler Track carpark at the southern end of Lake Te Anau, about 5 km from Te Anau.

Private transport: Follow the Manapouri - Te Anau Highway for about 2 km, then turn right onto Golf Course Road for another 1.8 km – the carpark is signposted on the right.

Transport providers: There are shuttle services to the car park. During the summer a water taxi can be arranged to/from Brod Bay. 

Walkers: Follow the Visitor Centre to Kepler Carpark track.

Know before you go

Remember to take sandfly repellent!


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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