Kepler Trek, New Zealand
The Kepler trek is a new trail opened in 1988 to handle the over popularity of the Milford and Routeburn treks. While not claiming to be comparable, it does share much of the same old growth spendor of lush, green forests as the two more popular hikes. In addition, it offers great views from the bluffs, Brod Bay, red beech trees and great bird life including redpolls, tomtits, bellbirds, blue ducks, pesky keas, and much more.
While not as grand as Milford or Routeburn, it is a worthy trek, especially if you can't get on the crowded trails. Indeed, I was able to change my itinerary at the last moment to accommodate the bad weather forecast. This wouldn't be possible on either the Milford or Routeburn treks.
Day to Day Account - Jeff Salvage - Routeburn Trek, New Zealand
After completing both the Milford Trek and Routeburn Trek I wanted to see if Kepler Trek was up to par. Far easier than Milford or Routeburn to get a permit for, the Kepler trek was advertised as a comparable experience. Given that I had time, I decided to find out for myself. Historically, Kepler was different in that it wasn’t a traditional trade or hunting route, but was intentionally designed as an international trekking route in 1988 to take the spillover of traffic from the two very popular hikes. The story continues...