Kepler Track Information & Transport. Freedom walk one of the finest tracks in Fiordland National Park. Be collected from your accommodation in Te Anau and travel to/from The Kepler Track Carpark (Control Gates) and Rainbow Reach (Swingbridge).
Kepler Track Bus Transport Package: Special rate for walkers: $17.00 per person for all transport, as below:
From Te Anau to the Control Gates and from Rainbow Reach back to Te Anau.
From Te Anau to Rainbow Reach and from the Control Gates back to Te Anau.
To receive the special rate for walkers, please complete our booking form with your details, including your date and time requirements for the Transport Packages, as booking directly online will not give you the discounted package fare. Please allow up to 1 working day for your booking form to be processed. Alternatively, please contact us to make your booking or for further details
Terms & Conditions apply to Transport Packages, subject to availability, usual timetables, direct bookings, rate valid until April 2017.
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL TO CONFIRM YOUR SEAT
|Kepler Track Shuttle||Departure Times||Travel Time|
|Te Anau to Control Gates||8.30am||9.30am||11.10am||2.40pm||10mins|
|Te Anau to Rainbow Reach||9.30am||11.10am||2.40pm||4.15pm||20mins|
|Rainbow Reach to Te Anau||10.00am||3.00pm||4.00pm||5.00pm||20mins|
|Control Gates to Te Anau||10.10am||3.10pm||4.10pm||5.10pm||10mins|
|Rainbow Reach to Control Gates||10.00am||3.00pm||4.00pm||5.00pm||10mins|
|Control Gates to Rainbow Reach||9.40am||11.15am||2.45pm||4.25pm||10mins|
|Queenstown to Te Anau||6.55am||10.45am||4.30pm||2hrs&45mins|
|Te Anau to Queenstown||7.15am||11.30am||5.00pm||2hrs&45mins|
The Kepler Track, in Fiordland National Park, is a 60 kilometre, loop walking track of moderate difficulty that takes three to four days to complete. It traverses lake edges, beech forest, alpine mountaintops and a U-shaped glacial valley.
Reasonable fitness is required to complete the full circuit and trampers must be well equipped. During winter and spring the alpine section of the track can be closed by snow and ice. Sections of the track are suitable for day walks year round.
Stay in Te Anau the night before you intend to travel, you will wake up fresh and ready to begin your walk into Fiordland National Park. Check out Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park, where there is a large range of accommodation. Te Anau itself, is easily accessible by road and has a regular Tracknet bus service and has a full range of accommodation, shopping, hire services and car storage.
Most trampers start the Kepler Track at the Lake Te Anau Control Gates, the Tracknet bus takes walkers to the Kepler Track Carpark (Control Gates). This entry/exit point is a short drive in the Tracknet Kepler Track Shuttle from Te Anau. Bookings are essential.
The first day is a journey into the Kepler Mountains, the first night is spent in Mt Luxmore Hut. This is the best place to assess the weather for the next day’s walking across the open tops and have most of the climbing behind you.
The second day is up over the top of Mt Luxmore, a side trip to the summit of Mt Luxmore is where you can get marvelous views of the surrounding mountains before descending over the Forest Burn Saddle and into the Iris Burn Valley to the Iris Burn Hut.
The third day is a steady tramp following the Iris Burn River through beech forest to the shores of Lake Manapouri then along the Lake shore to Moturau Hut for a night.
The final day is a gentle stroll through beech forest to Rainbow Reach. Here, catch the Kepler Track Shuttle to travel back to Te Anau with same day connections also available to Queenstown.
Booking during summer is essential – contact the Department of Conservation to reserve your hut space on the Track. Please book your hut tickets with the Department of Conservation before you organise your bus transport.
You can check availability, departure times and book online and receive an instant email confirmation, or you can complete our booking form with your requirements. To receive the Special rate for walkers, please complete our booking form with your details, including your date and time requirements for the Transport Packages, as booking directly online will not give you the discounted package fare. Please allow up to 1 working day for your booking form to be processed. Alternatively, please contact us to make your booking or for further details.