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Luxmore Hut Return , Southland

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Luxmore Hut Return Intermediate

Submitted by Adam Clifford

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Te Anau

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Native bush
Open ridges/tops


5:00 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



Track open all year round but always check the doc website first, especially in winter conditions as snow and ice and slips in the bush can make for unsafe track conditions.

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Start by crossing the control gates. Take the right hand track following the lake around to Brod Bay for approximately 5km. From here, continue up the Kepler track through the bush until you reach the clearing. Take in the amazing views. Continue on the easy to follow track across the ridge up to the Luxmore hut where you have earned a well deserved rest, this is great opportunity to enjoy even more spectacular views. After leaving the hut, take the same track back down to the start.

A short side trip to the caves is highly recommended. Take the stairs to your right which are roughly 100m as you run back down on the return track. The caves are about a 10 minute out and back return. Enjoy the downhill all the way back to Brod Bay and the control gates where you started.

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Features of interest

The caves at the top near the hut are a must see so be sure to carry a torch or headlight.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 100%

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Kepler Track

Kepler Track

Length: 60.10km


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  • Access

    Start at the DOC carpark at the Kepler control gates.

    There is plenty of parking at the control gates/start of the Kepler Track.

    6 km

    6 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    Water available at the Luxmore hut.

    Very exposed at the top, with cold winds and possibly snow.

    Be aware of fallen trees and slips in the bush. Enter caves at your own risk.

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