The Milford track might hog all the glory but the Kepler Track is right there in terms of variety of scenery and the quality of it.
The track starts at the Te Anau Control gates and follows the lake shore through mountain and red beech forest. There are some scattered Rimu and Miro trees. As you progress through the hard tree fern groves and you'll come across Dock Bay. Here you will cross Coal Creek Bridge. Following the lakeshore brings you to Brood Bay, a popular swimming hole. The path then heads uphill for about two hours to some limestone bluffs which makes a great lunch stop and photo op. After another hour, you come out to panoramic views over the Te Anau Basin, the Takitumu Mountains and the Snowdon and Earl Mountains. Further on, there is an optional walk to the Luxmore Cave. If the weather is hideous, strong winds, heavy rain or snow it's better to stay at Luxmore Hut rather than continue on. Moving on, yields another breathtaking view. This time at the summit of Mt. Luxmore. The track then descends through forest and provides a view of a natural landslide. Back at sea level, you'll come across a beach with stunning views over Lake Manapouri.
You will need at least one set of clothes to walk in and another dry set to change into at night. It is not possible to dry clothes in the huts. It is essential that this clothing is carried as your safety and the safety of others could well depend on it. Cotton clothing such as jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts are not suitable. Polypropylene, which is quick drying comes recommended by the Department of Conservation.
Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
Allow 3 to 4 days