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Kepler Track Independent Walk Package

60 kms (about 17.5-22 hrs walking)

Days
6

Pricing From
$605

Difficulty

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Overview

The Kepler Track is a 45 km circular hiking trail which travels through some of the stunning scenery on the South Island of New Zealand. The track passes through many landscapes of the Fiordland National Park ranging from rocky mountain ridges to large mossy forests, from lake shores to deep gorges. Like the mountains it traverses, the track is administered by New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC).

Compared with other tracks in New Zealand, this is a New Zealand "Great Walk" so the hiking track is constructed to a very high standard. Most streams are bridged, boardwalks cover boggy areas and the very steep sections have steps. It is a moderate walking track that takes three to four days to complete.

Kepler Track Independent Walk Elevation

Tour Grading: C

  • The Kepler Track has Moderate day or multi-day tramping/hiking
  • The track is generally well formed, may be steep, rough or muddy.
  • Suitable for people with moderate fitness. Limited backcountry (remote areas) experience required
  • Track has signs, poles or markers. Major stream and rivers crossings are bridged
  • Light tramping/hiking boots required

Cost per person October 2017 to April 2018

Pre/Post Accommodation
Type of Accommodation
Twin/Double Room
(applies to pre trip accommodation ONLY,
all huts are communal bunk rooms)
2017/18
Nomads or Black Sheep Hostel
Backpackers
Adult
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$605
NZ$415
NZ$405
Blue Peaks Lodge
Motel/Apartments
Adult
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$640
NZ$460
NZ$440
Garden Court Suites & Apts
Motel/Apartments
Adult
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$685
NZ$505
NZ$485
Copthorne Lakefront Resort
4 Star Hotel
Adult
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$705
NZ$525
NZ$505
Mercure Grand St Moritz
5 Star Apartment Hotel
Adult
Youth (15-17yrs):
Child (10-14yrs):
NZ$770
NZ$590
NZ$570
Prices quoted are on a twin share basis (pre walk accommodation only), and a single supplement applies. 
Extra night's accommodation prices available on request.
Deposit of NZS150 per person is payable on booking; the balance must be paid no later than 28 days prior to travel date
Nomads or Black Sheep Hostel - Backpackers, short walk from town centre
Blue Peaks - Motel/Apartments, 5 mins walk to town
Garden Court - Motel/Apartments, 5 mins walk to town
Copthorne - 4 star Hotel, 5 mins walk to town
Mercure Grand St Moritz - 5 star apartment hotel, 5 mins to town
As demand for accommodation over the Xmas & New Year period is at a premium, an accommodation surcharge is likely to apply if accommodation is available.

Kepler Track New Zealand

Kepler Track from Luxmore Hut

Kepler Track from Luxmore Hut

Kepler Track Independent Walk Package, New Zealand

Kepler Track Independent Walk Package, New Zealand

Kepler Track Independent Walk Package, New Zealand

Kepler Track Independent Walk Package, New Zealand

Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive Queenstown

Check in to your accommodation in Queenstown. At 2pm there is a pre-walk briefing at our Queenstown Office.

Day 2 Queenstown to Luxmore Hut 13.8 km (about 5-6 hr walking)

You will be picked up at your hotel accommodation, before traveling by coach from Queenstown to Te Anau where a water taxi takes you to Brod Bay, the start of the Kepler Track. After walking through mountain and beech forests, you ascend to the first night on the Kepler Track at Luxmore Hut just above the tree line.

Day 3 Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut 14.6 km (about 5-6 hrs walking)

There is an opportunity for a 10 minute side trip to the summit of Mount Luxmore with excellent views before heading along the stunning alpine track to Iris Burn Hut.

Day 4 Iris Burn Hut to Motura Hut 16.2 km (about 5-6 hrs walking)

A steady days hike down through beech forest, riverside clearings and a gorge, takes you to Motura hut situated beside a beautiful beach with panoramic views of Lake Manapouri.

Day 5 Motura Hut to Queenstown 15.5 km (about 4-5.5 hrs walking)

The last day is a gentle stroll through beech forest to Rainbow Reach. A shuttle service will take you to Te Anau, where a coach will bring you back to Queenstown for a well earned shower and drink. Accommodation is provided in Queenstown.

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

This morning you will check out of your Queenstown accommodation.

Note: Extra night's accommodation are available in Queenstown before and after your tour, prices are available on request.

Total 45kms Walking

Cost per person

2017-2018: From NZ$605

See the Overview for full pricing details.

Deposit of NZ$150 per person is payable on booking; the balance must be paid no later than 28 days prior to travel date

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellations after a confirmed booking is made will incur a fee of $150 per person.
  • Any amendments to a confirmed booking will incur a $60 fee per person plus any additional charges imposed by the Department of Conservation or accommodation.
  • Any bookings cancelled within 7-28 days prior to trip departure may incur a fee.
  • Cancellations received 7 days or less prior to trip departure are non-refundable.
  • We reserve the right to amend, cancel, or postpone services due to weather, road conditions and/or at our own discretion.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1 Arrive Queenstown

Check in to your accommodation in Queenstown. At 2pm there is a pre-walk briefing at our Queenstown Office.

Day 2 Queenstown to Luxmore Hut 13.8 km (about 5-6 hr walking)

You will be picked up at your hotel accommodation, before traveling by coach from Queenstown to Te Anau where a water taxi takes you to Brod Bay, the start of the Kepler Track. After walking through mountain and beech forests, you ascend to the first night on the Kepler Track at Luxmore Hut just above the tree line.

Day 3 Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut 14.6 km (about 5-6 hrs walking)

There is an opportunity for a 10 minute side trip to the summit of Mount Luxmore with excellent views before heading along the stunning alpine track to Iris Burn Hut.

Day 4 Iris Burn Hut to Motura Hut 16.2 km (about 5-6 hrs walking)

A steady days hike down through beech forest, riverside clearings and a gorge, takes you to Motura hut situated beside a beautiful beach with panoramic views of Lake Manapouri.

Day 5 Motura Hut to Queenstown 15.5 km (about 4-5.5 hrs walking)

The last day is a gentle stroll through beech forest to Rainbow Reach. A shuttle service will take you to Te Anau, where a coach will bring you back to Queenstown for a well earned shower and drink. Accommodation is provided in Queenstown.

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

This morning you will check out of your Queenstown accommodation.

Note: Extra night's accommodation are available in Queenstown before and after your tour, prices are available on request.

Total 45kms Walking

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