Find out about fees for the huts and campsites on the Kepler Track and how to make reservations during the summer season. The track takes 3-4 days to walk.
Kepler Track fees
In the Great Walks season (25 October 2016 - 3 May 2017):
Outside the Great Walks season (4 May 2017 - 23 October 2017):
A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 months Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ.
Discounts are not available online and apply to the summer season rates only. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so visit a DOC visitor centre in person. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee.
What to book
In the summer season you need to book huts and/or campsites on the track.
In the winter season you don't need to book. However, you must buy (backcountry) hut and campsite tickets before your walk. You can buy these via any DOC visitor centre (but not online). During the winter season there are reduced facilities and additional safety hazards to consider. See Winter tramping.
You can choose to book transport between Te Anau and the nearby entry/exit points for the track - otherwise it’s a 50 min walk. See Outside the Great Walks season.
How to book
Booking dates: The date that bookings will open for the trips from 24 October 2017 – 25 April 2018 is yet to be confirmed. The date will be posted here when confirmed with a minimum of 14 days' notice.
Follow this step-by-step process to guide you through booking the Kepler Track:
- Decide whether you want to walk clockwise or anti-clockwise.
- For the direction you want to walk in, decide what huts or campsites you want to stay at. Consider:
- Decide the date you want to stay at each hut/campsite.
- Summer season: maximum stay is 2 consecutive nights at huts and campsites
- Winter season: maximum stay is 3 consecutive nights in huts, 5 consecutive nights at campsites
- Check availability of huts and campsites for space in each hut/campsite on the date you want to stay. If there is no space in one of the huts/campsites you want to stay at, consider:
- Starting your walk on a different date
- Re-arranging your walk to use a different combination of huts/campsites
- Optional: Check the availability of transport services on your desired date.
- Book huts/campsites. If you're booking campsites you'll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required. Booking is required in the summer season for all ages.
- Optional: Book transport to/from the start/end of the track with a transport operator.
Terms and conditions
Read the Booking Terms and Conditions for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates and the alterations and cancellations policies. Bookings not meeting the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.
Booking on behalf of others
To operate a commercial activity in an area managed by the Department of Conservation, you will need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions
Booking on behalf of others
To make multiple bookings for facilities/services on behalf of customers, you must obtain permission or an agent agreement from the Department of Conservation. To do this, email: email@example.com