This awe-inspiring track was designed to show you all the best features of Fiordland – mountains, native forest, waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys.
Unlike many other multi-day walks, which evolved from Māori greenstone trails or pioneer exploration routes, the Kepler Track was custom-made – built for pleasure, rather than necessity.
Opened in 1988, the track was carefully planned to show walkers all the best features of Fiordland – moss-draped beech forest, prolific bird life, tussock high country, huge mountain ranges, cascading waterfalls, vast glacier-carved valleys, luxuriant river flats and limestone formations. The track’s construction makes for easier walking. Most streams are bridged, boardwalks cover boggy areas and the very steep sections have steps. Walk the Kepler and you’ll see everything that’s marvellous about this exquisite corner of the world.
Manapouri and Te Anau are handy to the entry/exit points of the Kepler Track. Both towns have great restaurants, quality accommodation and fantastic alpine lake scenery. The alpine resort town of Queenstown is 2 hours’ drive away, and is home to a large range of places to stay and things to see and do.