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  • Much of the beautiful Kepler Track takes hikers along alpine ridges above treeline through low alpine scrub and bare rock trails, all with magnificent views of the surrounding snow-clad mountains of Fiordland. width:640;;height:337
  • However, the track starts and finishes in gorgeous native New Zealand Beech Forests. width:640;;height:480
  • The open forest floor is often crowded with verdant ferns... width:640;;height:480
  • And beautiful trees... width:640;;height:480
  • Other areas are smothered in dense mounds of spongy moss. width:640;;height:480
  • The trail follows along the fast-paced Waiau River for many kms, which runs from Lake Te Anau into nearby Lake Manapouri. width:640;;height:382
  • At Rainbow Reach trail access point, about halfway along Waiau River between the two lakes, this sturdy suspension bridge crosses the river, leading to Kepler Track on the far side. width:360;;height:480
  • View over Waiau River to distant mountains. width:640;;height:441
  • ...a sea of ferns along the trail. width:640;;height:480
  • Sunset at Shallow Bay on Lake Manapouri. width:640;;height:358
  • ...camping at Shallow Bay Beach width:640;;height:480
  • ...anaother sunset view at Lake Manapouri. width:640;;height:366
  • ...and morning view over a serenely calm lake. width:640;;height:330
  • From Lake Manapouri, Kepler Track passes through more beech forests before emerging into severl open meadows in the Iris Burn Valley. width:640;;height:480
  • This section of trail follows the rock-strewn Iris Burn River. width:640;;height:480
  • Orange-tinted rocks and splashing river water are common along Iris Burn River. width:640;;height:480
  • Eventually the trail emerges out into the wide upper reaches of Iris Burn Valley, surrounded by low mountains. width:640;;height:480
  • Beyond Iris Burn Valley & Hut, the trail climbs up onto alpine ridges above treeline, with stunning views over seas of snow-capped Fiordland mountains. width:640;;height:306
  • From Brod Bay on the Lake Te Anau side of Kepler Track, the trail heads up to Luxmore Mountain and Hut. width:640;;height:480
  • ..through more gorgeous beech forest, strewn with lush mosses and ferns. width:640;;height:480
  • After long switch-backs up the mountainside, the trail reaches these  impressive limestone cliffs. width:360;;height:480
  • A few staircases help hikers get above the cliffs... width:360;;height:480
  • The track finally emerges above treeline into this gorgeous alpine zone... width:640;;height:374
  • ...with stunning views of distant mountains. width:640;;height:373
  • ...and panaramic views over Fiordland mountains with a narrow branch of Lake Te Anau below. width:640;;height:480
  • The track eventually reaches Luxmore Hut, the most attractive of Kepler's three huts. width:640;;height:415
  • Beyond Luxmore Hut, the trail continues winding up to Mt. Luxmore. width:640;;height:480
  • View back down the trail towards Lake Te Anau and mountains further north. width:640;;height:480
  • Edging along the side of Mt. Luxmore, most of the trail is completely exposed rock & gravel, with steep drop-offs. width:360;;height:480
  • All along the alpine ridges of Mt Luxmore and beyond are contiually-changing panaramic views of snow-capped peaks spreading to the horizon. width:640;;height:412
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