Five photos to inspire you to walk the Kepler Track

The Kepler Track is 60km.
Liz Carlson

The Kepler Track is 60km.

IT'S ACCESSIBLE 

Of all the Great Walks in New Zealand, the Kepler Track is one of my favourite. The lesser-known of the Fiordland walks, the three- to four-day tramp is well-maintained and is walked in a loop  from Te Anau. Unlike many New Zealand trails that retrace old paths and routes, the Kepler Track was designed specifically for tramping and to offer the best of Fiordland in relative comfort, with swing bridges and boardwalks to make  it more accessible. 

ANYONE CAN DO IT

Swing bridges and boardwalks make the walk it more accessible.
Liz Carlson

Swing bridges and boardwalks make the walk it more accessible.

A diverse and exciting walk, the 60km Kepler Track is doable by anyone with a good level of fitness. 

It features high alpine views to caves, beech forest to lakeside walks, stunning valleys and waterfalls, and rare native birds like kiwi, whio and, of course, the cheeky kea. The scenery will take your breath away in any weather. 

THE TRACKS ARE WELL-MAINTAINED 

It takes three to four days to complete.
Liz Carlson

It takes three to four days to complete.

The Great Walk tracks in New Zealand are of the highest ​calibre, and the Kepler is no exception. The hut wardens are local legends, who know more about the track and region than most, so show up at their talks in the evenings. While the alpine sections of the track are the real stars, I  loved walking through the dense native Fiordland bush along the lakes and valleys. So pure and Jurassic, it almost transports you back  to when New Zealand was still a land of birds. 

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BE PREPARED FOR THE ELEMENTS

The weather can be unpredictable.
Liz Carlson

The weather can be unpredictable.

If you've never been tramping in Fiordland, you might be surprised to find the weather is changeable and unpredictable. When I crossed the alpine pass,  I was met with freezing rain in summer and almost 100km winds that would rip your pack cover clean off on the exposed ridges, so take . waterproof pack liners, along with gloves, hats, and layers you can take on and off and that dry fast. 

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It features some of the best views.
Liz Carlson

It features some of the best views.

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