Kepler Track Shuttle 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 Control Gates and Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge.
The Kepler Track Shuttle - Transport Options to the Kepler Track:
Special rate for walkers: *$15 per person Kepler Track Transport Package for all transport from Te Anau to Control Gates, and from Rainbow Reach back to Te Anau.
|Kepler Track Shuttle||Fare|
|Te Anau to Control Gates||8.30am*||9.30am||2.30pm||4.30pm*||$6.00|
|Control Gates to Te Anau||8.45am*||10.10am*||3.10pm*||5.10pm*||$6.00|
|Te Anau to Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge||9.30am||2.30pm||4.30pm*||$10.00|
|Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge to Te Anau||10.00am||3.00pm||5.00pm*||$10.00|
|Rainbow Reach to Te Anau to Queenstown||10.00am**||3.00pm**||$55.00|
|Control Gates/Swingbridge Package||Click here to enter your booking requirements for Package||$15.00|
* Prebooking is essential
** 2 hour stopover in Te Anau before continuing to Queenstown. Book your travel by sector (i.e. Rainbow Reach to Te Anau and Te Anau to Queenstown).
Kepler Track Information:
The Kepler Track, in Fiordland National Park, is a 60 kilometre, moderate walking track 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.
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, there is a large range of accommodation. Te Anau itself is easily accessible by road and has a regular Tracknet bus service and a full range of accommodation options.
Most trampers start the Kepler Track at the Lake Te Anau control gates. This entry point is a short drive in the Kepler Track Shuttle from Te Anau. This departs at 8.30am or 9.30am, other times by arrangement.
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 at either 10.00am, 3pm or 5pm to travel back to Te Anau, same day connections also available to Queenstown.
See our links page for contact information for the Department of Conservation or email email@example.com please book your hut tickets with the Department of Conservation before you organise your transport.
*T&C's apply to Transport Package, subject to availability, usual timetables, rate valid until April 2013.