Kepler Track Scheduled Transport and Information

The below transport options are only available during our Summer season (29th October 2019 to 1st May 2020) – please contact us if you require transport outside of these months. 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 of $20.00 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 loop rate of $20, please complete our booking form with your details, including your date and time requirements for the Transport Packages. 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

Please note if you booking directly online will not give you the discounted package fare.


Kepler Track Shuttle Departure Times Travel Time
Te Anau to Control Gates 8:30am 9:30am 11:15am 2:40pm 10mins
Te Anau to Rainbow Reach 9:30am 11:15am 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 10:35am 2:00pm  4:35pm 2hrs&45mins
Te Anau to Queenstown


7:15am 10:30am 11:30am 5:00pm 2hrs&45mins


Bookings: You can check availability, departure times and book online and receive an instant email confirmation. To receive the Special Kepler Loop rate, please complete our booking form with your details, including your date and time requirements for the Transport Packages. Please allow up to 1 working day for your booking form to be processed. Alternatively contact us for further details.


More Information:

The Kepler Track, in Fiordland National Park, is a 60 kilometer, 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 full range of accommodation, shopping, hire services and car storage.

Most trampers start the Kepler Track at the Control Gates, the Tracknet bus takes walkers to the Kepler Track Carpark (Control Gates). This entry/exit point is a short drive by 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, here 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.