Kepler Track

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Kepler Track

Photo credit: John Strother ©

Track Details

The Kepler Track is a must-see hike for any nature lover visiting New Zealand’s South Island. This stunning trail spans 53.5 kilometers (33 miles) and takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country, including lush rainforests, alpine tussock, and rugged mountain terrain. The trail is considered one of the Great Walks of New Zealand, and takes 4-5 days to complete.

The trail starts at the Milford Road end, located near Te Anau, and ends at the Hollyford Road end, located near the West Coast. The track offers a unique experience as it takes hikers through a variety of terrains, including sub-alpine scrub, beech forest, and alpine tussock.

One of the highlights of the Kepler Track is the Mackinnon Pass, which is considered one of the most challenging sections of the trail. The pass offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and is a great spot for taking in the natural beauty of the area. Another highlight of the track is the Clinton River, which runs alongside the track for much of the way.

The track is well-maintained, with well-graded tracks, bridges, and huts along the way. There are several huts along the Track, which provide shelter and basic facilities for hikers. Booking is essential during peak season. If you can’t book a hut on your perferred day make sure to use our free hut alerts tool that is constantly checking against hut availability. This tool will send you an email notification as soon as a spot opens up.

It is important to be well-prepared for the hike, as the track can be challenging in places, and the weather can change quickly. It is recommended to be in good physical condition, wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and carry sufficient food and water. The trail is known for its rugged terrain, so hikers should be prepared for some steep climbs and rocky sections.

Overall, the Kepler Track is a challenging but rewarding hike that offers some of the most diverse landscapes in New Zealand that will take your breath away. It is a must-do for anyone visiting the South Island and looking for an adventure in the great outdoors. Whether you’re a nature lover, birdwatcher, or just looking for an adventure, the Kepler Track is definitely worth the effort.

Huts Along This Walk

Hut Name
Cooking Facilities
Peak Season Fees
Off Season Fees
Walk Times
Iris Burn Hut 50 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $102 $15
  • 6 hours from Luxmore Hut
  • 6 hours from Moturau Hut
Luxmore Hut 54 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $102 $25
  • 6 hours from Kepler Track carpark
  • 6 hours from Iris Burn Hut
Moturau Hut 40 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $102 $15
  • 6 hours from Iris Burn Hut
  • 5.5 hours from Kepler Track carpark