Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos in Fiordland NP

Kepler Track Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days3TerrainForest, Heathland / Moorland, MountainsDateLate Jan
Region/PlaceSouthland, Fiordland NPCountryNew Zealand  
Dist (kms)67Height gain (m)1500Route findingEasy
RouteTe Anau - Control Gates - Mt Luxmore Hut (N1) - Iris Burn Hut (N2) - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge
NotesFrom beautiful Lake Te Anau, this track soon rises up above the forest to a long alpine section with fine views over the fiord-like lakes. Iris Burn Valley is a classic U-shaped valley, with scenery identical to that on the Milford Track. Although the walk also requires permits, I was able to pick up permits in summer a few days ahead.
Ferns and Beech Trees at start of Kepler Track nr Control Gates, Te Anau - Control Gates Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-01, B821

View across Dock Bay nr Control Gates, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA962

Mt Luxmore (M) and Lake Te Anau from nr DOC office, Te Anau, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA961

Mossy forest floor and glittering Dock Bay from track between Dock Bay and Brod Bay, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA963

River mouth into Dock Bay on track to Brod Bay, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA964

Brod Bay and mountains to NW, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA965

Luxmore Hut and U-shaped valley of Mystery Burn (M) across South Fiord of Lake Te Anau, with Mt Owen (1769) (L) and Black Cone (1679) (R), Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA967

Rainbow over Lake Te Anau from Luxmore Hut, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA968

South Fiord of Lake Te Anau (L) and main Te Anau Lake (R) from track nr Luxmore Saddle, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA969

Track along ridge between Forest Burn and Hanging Vallet Shelters, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA972

Kea at Hanging Valley Shelter, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA973

Iris Burn Valley upstream from clearing below Big Slip clearing, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA974

Iris Burn just downstream of Big Slip clearing, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA975

TV Aerial plant (R) along track nr Moturua Hut, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA977

Beach on Lake Manapouri from in front of Moturua Hut, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA978

 
Milford Track Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days4 (One way)TerrainForest, MountainsDateLate Jan
Region/PlaceSouthland, Fiordland NPCountryNew Zealand  
Dist (kms)53Height gain (m)800Route findingEasy
RouteGlade Wharf - Neale Burn Hut (N1) - Mintaro Hut (N2) - Mackinnon Pass - Dumpling Hut (N3) - Sandfly Point
NotesAnother classic walk through the deep U-shaped valleys typical of the region, with an alpine section high above the treeline. Permits are difficult to come by however, often requiring planning many months in advance. With often alternating days of fine and not so fine weather, make the most of the good days, walking ahead along the track if the next day's forecast is bad.
Drying waterproofs at Clinton Hut, Milford Track, Glade Wharf - Neale Burn Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 23-Jan-01, B822

Mossy forest nr Clinton Hut, Milford Track, Glade Wharf - Neale Burn Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 23-Jan-01, B824

Clinton River West Branch and Mt Fisher (L) and Castle Mtn (M), Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B826

Lake created by 1982 landslip and waterfall nr Hire Falls, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B828

1772 Peak from the Prairie nr Bus Stop Shelter, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B829

View E along Clinton Valley from nr St Quintin Falls viewpoint, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B830

Bridge on ascent to Mintaro Hut and Clinton Valley, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B831

Ferns and mossy forest nr Mintaro Hut, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B834

Ferns nr Mintaro Hut, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B833

Mt Hart (L) from Mintaro Lake, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B892

View of Green Valley and Lady of the Snows from Mackinnon Memorial, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B837

Mt Elliot (M) and Mt Wilmar (R) from Mackinnon Memorial, Milford Track, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B836

Sutherland Falls, Milford Track, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass - Dumpling Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 25-Jan-01, B840

Mackay Falls, Milford Track, Dumpling Hut - Sandfly Point Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 26-Jan-01, B842

Cleddau River Gorge from Sandfly Point, Milford Track, Dumpling Hut - Sandfly Point Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 26-Jan-01, B844