A pleasant walking track alongside the river through beech forest, along part of the Kepler Track (Great Walk) near Te Anau.

Track overview

9.5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

2.5 hr one way Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


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

From the Kepler Track carpark, the track follows the terraces of the Waiau River along the Kepler Track through red and mountain beech forest to Rainbow Reach.

Day walking in beech forest to Rainbow Reach, Kepler Track. Photo: Mike Harbrow.
Day walking in beech forest to Rainbow Reach, Kepler Track

An area of manuka shrubland marks the home of early run holder Jack Beer who during summer drove his sheep onto Mt Luxmore to graze.

There is a swingbridge to cross over the Waiau River to get to Rainbow Reach.

There are many lovely views of the forest and river, and good trout fishing opportunities along this track section.

See Rainbow Reach to Shallow Bay or Moturau Hut Track.

Getting there

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.


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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