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Kepler Track Transport

Great Walks Fiordland

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Freedom walk Fiordland National Park's longest 'Great Walk', the Kepler Track's 60km loop. Tracknet are able to collect you from your accommodation in Te Anau and travel to or from The Kepler Track Carpark (Control Gates) and Rainbow Reach (Swingbridge). The below transport options are only available during our Summer season (25th October 2022 to 30th April 2023).

Please contact us if you require transport outside of these months.


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Kepler Track Transport Packages

  • Depart Te Anau > Walk the Kepler Track > Return Te Anau

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    $22.00
    per adult
    $22.00
    per child
    • Day 1: Depart from your Te Anau accommodation at 9:30am (or * 8:45am) by bus to the Kepler Carpark (Control Gates) - walk 13.8 km to Luxmore Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 2: Walk 14.6km from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut (5-6 hours).
    • Day 3: Walk 16.2km from Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 4: Walk 6km from Moturau Hut to Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge (1.5 - 2 hours) - 10:00am shuttle bus from Rainbow Reach to Te Anau (arrives in Te Anau at 10.20am).
  • Depart Te Anau by Water Taxi > Walk the Kepler Track (3 Nights) > Return Te Anau by Bus

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    $40.00
    per adult
    $30.00
    per child
    • Day 1: 8:30am, 9:30am or 10:30am Te Anau to Brod Bay by water taxi - walk 8.2 km to Luxmore Hut (3.5 - 4.5 hours).
    • Day 2: Walk 14.6km from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 3: Walk 16.2km from Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 4: Walk 6km from Moturau Hut to Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge (1.5 - 2 hours) - 10:00am shuttle bus from Rainbow Reach to Te Anau
  • Depart Te Anau by Water Taxi > Walk the Kepler Track (2 Nights) > Return Te Anau by Bus

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    $40.00
    per adult
    $30.00
    per child
    • Day 1: 8:30am, 9:30am or 10:30am Te Anau to Brod Bay by water taxi - walk 8.2 km to Luxmore Hut (3.5 - 4.5 hours).
    • Day 2: Walk 14.6km from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 3: Walk 22.2km from Iris Burn Hut to Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge (6.5 - 8 hours). 3:00pm bus from Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge to Te Anau
  • Depart Queenstown > Walk the Kepler Track > Return Queenstown

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    $125.00
    per adult
    $95.00
    per child
    • Day 1: 7:00am departure from Queenstown - 9:30am Te Anau to the Kepler Carpark (Control Gates) - walk 13.8 km to Luxmore Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 2: Walk 14.6km from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut (5-6 hours).
    • Day 3: Walk 16.2km from Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 4: Walk 6km from Moturau Hut to Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge (1.5 - 2 hours) - 10:00am shuttle bus from Rainbow Reach to Te Anau - 11:30am bus Te Anau to Queenstown
  • Depart Queenstown > Ovenight in Te Anau > Walk the Kepler Track > Return Queenstown

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    $125.00
    per adult
    $95.00
    per child
    • Day 1: 4:35pm travel Queenstown to Te Anau - Stay the night in Te Anau
    • Day 2: 9:30am from Te Anau accommodation to the Kepler Carpark (Control Gates) - walk 13.8 km to Luxmore Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 3: Walk 14.6km from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut (5-6 hours).
    • Day 4: Walk 16.2km from Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 5: Walk 6km from Moturau Hut to Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge (1.5 - 2 hours) - 10:00am shuttle bus from Rainbow Reach to Te Anau - 11:30am Te Anau to Queenstown

Kepler Track One Way Transport

  • One Way Transport Only

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    • Day 1: Depart from your Te Anau accommodation at 9:30am (or * 8:45am) by bus to the Kepler Carpark (Control Gates) - walk 13.8 km to Luxmore Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 2: Walk 14.6km from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut (5-6 hours).
    • Day 3: Walk 16.2km from Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut (5 - 6 hours).
    • Day 4: Walk 6km from Moturau Hut to Rainbow Reach/Swingbridge (1.5 - 2 hours) - 10:00am shuttle bus from Rainbow Reach to Te Anau (arrives in Te Anau at 10.20am). Buses also available at 3:00pm & 4:00pm.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Bookings are essential to confirm your seat. Check availability, departure times and book online to receive instant email confirmation. Alternatively, if you require further details, call us on freephone: 0800 483 262.
For private transfers or charters please enquire to: res@tracknet.net.

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Kepler Track Info

Fiordland National Park's Kepler Track is a 60 kilometre loop walking track of moderate difficulty that takes three to four days to complete. It traverses lake and river edges, beech forest, alpine mountain tops, 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.

Most trampers start the Kepler Track at the Control Gates, but this will depend on which hut tickets you have booked. 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.

Booking during the 'Great Walks Season' is essential – contact the Department of Conservation to reserve your hut tickets or campsite on the Track. Please book your hut tickets with the Department of Conservation before you organise your bus transport.

The first day is a journey into the Kepler Mountains with the first night spent in Mt Luxmore Hut. This is the best place to assess the weather for the next days 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 marvellous 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 lakeshore to Moturau Hut for a night.

The final day is a gentle stroll through beech forest to Rainbow Reach. Here, cross over the Swingbridge and catch the Kepler Track Shuttle to travel back to Te Anau, Same day connections also available to Queenstown.

2022/2023 Bookings

The below transport options are only available during our Summer season (25th October 2022 to 30th April 2023) – please contact us if you require transport outside of these months. Be collected from your accommodation in Te Anau and travel to/from The Kepler Track Carpark (Control Gates) and Rainbow Reach (Swingbridge).

  • Book your travel by sector (i.e. Rainbow Reach to Te Anau and Te Anau to Queenstown) or book our package which includes Te Anau to the Control Gates + Rainbow Reach to Te Anau.
  • The Control Gates is sometimes referred to as the Kepler Car Park. Our bus stop is at the Kepler Car Park. Rainbow Reach is also known as the Swingbridge
  • Rainbow Reach to Te Anau at 10:00am & Control Gates to Te Anau at 10:10am services connect with the 11:30am Te Anau to Queenstown service and has a 1 hour & 10-minute stop-over in Te Anau
  • Rainbow Reach to Te Anau at 3:00pm & Control Gates to Te Anau at 3:10pm services connect with the 5:00pm service from Te Anau to Queenstown and has a 1 hour & 40-minute stop-over in Te Anau
  • Tracknet transport is at Rainbow Reach at 10:00am and 3:00pm daily during the Great Walks Season, regardless of bookings. For all other times, bookings are essential as we only run with confirmed bookings

Bookings: You can check availability and departure times online. Book online for sector transport and receive an instant email confirmation. To receive the Special Kepler Loop rate from Te Anau to Control Gates & Rainbow Reach to Te Anau, please choose 'Loop Packages' and you can amend date and time requirements for the transport Package. Alternatively, contact us to book the loop package in reverse, or for further information.

Bus Timetable

Kepler Track Shuttle Departure Times Travel Time
Te Anau to Control Gates 8:45am* 9:30am 2:20pm 3:40pm* 10mins
Te Anau to Rainbow Reach 9:30am 2:20pm 3:40pm* 20mins
Te Anau to Brod Bay (by ferry) 8:30am 9:30am 10:30am 10mins
Rainbow Reach to Te Anau 10:00am 3:00pm 4:00pm* 20mins
Control Gates to Te Anau 10:10am* 3:10pm* 4:10pm* 10mins
Rainbow Reach to Control Gates 10:00am 3:00pm 4:00pm* 10mins
Control Gates to Rainbow Reach 9:40am* 2:30pm* 10mins
Queenstown to Te Anau 7:00am 10:30am 4:35pm 2hrs & 45mins
Te Anau to Queenstown 7:15am 11:30am 5:00pm 2hrs & 45mins
* Indicates that service only operates on demand (pre-bookings essential)

Fiordland Base Camp

The Tracknet office is based at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park (77 Te Anau-Manapouri Highway), and because of our fantastic location we are able to offer our customers so much more than just transport! Stay with us at Fiordland's Basecamp, and take advantage of these convenient extras

  • Wide variety of accommodation options
  • Across the road from the Department of Conservation (DOC) office, where you can pickup your hut tickets
  • FREE overnight carparking
  • FREE excess luggage storage
  • 10 -minute walk into Te Anau town centre to supermarkets & restaurants
  • Showers after walk for $8.00
  • Coffee shop on site

We have been organising track transport in Te Anau for over 30 years, so know what people need to get them there. Make your trip even easier and book your accommodation at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park, your Fiordland Basecamp.

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