Kepler Track

An adventure above the clouds! The Kepler Track takes you from the gentle, beech-forested shores of Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to the exposed tussock lands and the summit of Mount Luxmore for spectacular alpine views.

3-4 days
Fiordland National Park, south-west South Island
Nearest towns
Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill
Nearest airport
Queenstown, Invercargill

The Kepler Track is located in Fiordland National Park in the south west of the South Island and is part of Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. This circular track begins and ends near Te Anau.


  • Explore the amazing Luxmore limestone caves! Just 30 metres into the cave you'll find stalactites and stalagmites
  • Swing bridges make for an entertaining journey over rivers and creeks. The Rainbow Reach swing bridge crosses the Waiau River and makes an impressive entry/exit point for the track
  • Listen out for the call of New Zealand's iconic kiwi from Iris Burn Hut. Fiordland kiwi (tokoeka) can be heard on the Kepler Track

Find out more in the Kepler Track brochure.

Things to know before you go

It is important to plan and prepare your trip and be well equipped on a Great Walk. For a full list of the equipment and preparation required for the Kepler Track, plus the latest track updates and information on getting there, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Safety is your responsibility - It is important that you check in with the nearest DOC Visitor Centre prior to beginning your walk. For detailed safety information, including tramping conditions in New Zealand and The Outdoor Safety Code - 5 simple rules to help you stay safe - visit


Kepler Track image courtesy of Daniel Deans