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.
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.
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.
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|
Fiordland National Park
Te Anau 9600
PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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From late October to April, walk past the beech-forested shorelines of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, to tussock-covered ridgelines with spectacular alpine vistas. From May to late October, it can be cold and wet, with ice, snow and short daylight hours - only attempt if you have alpine, navigation and river crossing skills.