10 Trails That Should Be on Every Bucket List - Page 8
8. The Kepler Track
Te Anau, New Zealand
Photo by Colleen O'Neill.
The Kepler Track is one of New Zealand’s lesser-known Great Walks, less trafficked than the Milford Track but packed with stunning scenery of Fiordland and the Kepler Mountains. This non-technical, 60-kilometer loop starts on the shores of Te Anau Lake, winds up through the forest and into the alpine zone, tracks along the mountain ridge, and then dips down again into the bush. The trail is runnable in a day (check out the ever-popular Asics Kepler Challenge Mountain run), or as a leisurely multi-day tour—three comfortable, serviced huts and two campsites are available along the way, each with its own spectacular view. It’s worth staying overnight to hear the wild kiwi birds call to each other. Plan a summer trip for the best weather (November to April), but the Track and huts are open in the winter (May to October) with reduced facilities.
Suggested by readers Brian Burkhardt, PaulJ and Ronnie.
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