The Kepler Track Day Walk
5.6km (1-3 hr return)
The Kepler Track that starts in the township of Te Anau was opened in 1988 and it takes three to four days to walk the full 60km route that takes in some of the best sights Fiordland has to offer.
However, there are several options for day walks that allow you to enjoy shorter sections of the track, without tackling the whole length!
This is one of our favourites sections:
From the Kepler Track carpark, the Track passes along the shore of the lake through mountain and red beech forest, with kamahi and some scattered rimu and miro and yellow-flowering kowhai.
After passing an attractive grove of hard tree ferns and crown ferns, Dock Bay appears. Dock Bay is suitable for swimming and has toilet facilities.
Continue across the Coal Creek Bridge and follow the lake shore to Brod Bay, which is a delightful place to swim. Brod Bay has a toilet and campsite area.
This track begins from the Kepler Track carpark, which is at the southern end of Lake Te Anau, about 5 km (6 minutes drive) from Te Anau.