Kepler Track, Te Anau

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Kepler Track allows visitors to trek from the beech-forest shores of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to the very top of Mt. Luxmore. Traverse rocky mountain ridges, wander through tall mossy forests, and cross deep gorges and fast-flowing rivers on swinging suspension bridges. Explore the region's caves, featuring finger-like stalactites and stalagmites, or take a brisk dip in an icy waterfall. Well-constructed bridges, boardwalks, and steps make for a moderately difficult 60 km (37 mi) walk, usually done in two to four days. Each night, enjoy the comfort of running water and a roof over your head at the trail-side huts. Visit during the optimal season between October and April, and book your hut accommodations in advance. Plan to see Kepler Track and other attractions that appeal to you using our Te Anau vacation generator.
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Where to stay in Te Anau

Despite its modest size, Te Anau offers a decent range of accommodations from which to explore the surrounding national park. Boutique hotels, economy motels with kitchenettes, and rental apartments cluster mostly in the town center, but also along the main roads that lead into it. Campsites offer a good option for those wanting a full-on outdoor holiday. Reserve in advance for busier periods.
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  • We spent six glorious days walking through this amazing country. I enjoyed having the huts available, especially with the sandflies nibbling away at me, however I did find them quite pricy and was dis...  more »
  • As part of a conference in Te Anau we had the option of flying by helicopter to the Luxmore Hut. What an incredible experience! The views were amazing and we also had the opportunity to visit the Luxm...  more »
  • Overall, Te-Anau was a boring town for us. Apart from the amazing lake, the glow worm cave and closeness to Milford sound, we didn't really have much to do. On our last day, we decided to take the Kep...  more »