Kepler track is a 60km circuit walking track through dense bush and is a 13 minute drive South of Te Anau, it takes about 3 to 4 days to complete while staying at DOC cabins and campsites along the way.
This track is popular for anyone wanting to get 'outdoorsy', you can easily experience a couple of hours of the track or do the full 9 yards and camp out each night. Every year this track hosts the 'Kepler Challenge' where keen runners sign up to run the full 60km in an attempt to do it in less than 5 hours (fuck that).
My husband and I didn't do the whole trek, obviously it's not something you do wearing a pair of Kmart shorts and carrying less than a litre of water each, we only went as far as Moturau hut which is the first cabin after leaving the swing bridge at Rainbow Reach. The walk to Moturau hut is 6km long so it should take about an hour and a half to complete, the path is reasonably flat and is clearly marked so it is easy to follow.
I spent a lot of my time trying to capture the beauty of this forest with my camera, and Paul spent that time waiting for me metres down the track (which you can see in the picture below). This is probably one of the most memorable walks I have done, we were lucky that we visited in low season so there weren't many people on the track and we were able to take in the serenity without being disturbed by others footsteps.
There are some fantastic stops along the way where you can break for lunch, there are no benches to sit on so don't be wearing your newest pair of Lululemon tights in fear of ripping them on tree roots or bark. We sat on the viewing platform at Spirit Lake and ate our surprisingly good supermarket sandwiches to the sound of Geese preparing for landing.
If you're doing the full 3 day walk there are plenty of amazing places to see along the way; Luxmore caves and Iris Burn falls. The general view of the walk is nothing to take for granted either, the forest is nothing I can compare to back home with floors covered in thick green moss and native trees for kilometres.
If you plan on making the trip to Kepler Track, or to any DOC conservation site make sure you always check up on their website for any weather warnings or slips that may have occurred recently.