A World Heritage area, Fiordland National Park is home to three Great Walks, including the Kepler Track. With majestic mountains, beautiful lakes and fiords, you’ll be inspired to return to Fiordland once you’ve completed your Challenge so you can take your time to discover more of its natural beauty.

With so much to explore why not check out the Visit Fiordland website and plan a more leisurely trip to our special corner of  New Zealand.


Te Anau

Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland.  With so many tracks in the vicinity it is rightly known as the walking capital of the world. From stunning day walks to multi-day tramps, Te Anau is an excellent base from which to explore Fiordland. There’s so much to do in Te Anau and Fiordland, we’ve left it to the experts at Visit Fiordland to tell you all about it.

Getting to Te Anau

Te Anau is situated on the edge of Lake Te Anau with the spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains. On SH 94, the township is only a two hour drive from the nearest airports in Invercargill and Queenstown.

From Invercargill: it is an easy two hour drive by car from Invercargill airport through Winton to Te Anau. For a more scenic drive you can take the southern scenic route along the coast through Riverton. This will take around three hours.

Tracknet and Intercity also operate bus services from Invercargill to Te Anau.

From Queenstown: the drive from Queenstown airport to Te Anau takes you alongside picturesque  Lake Wakatipu and takes around two hours. The more adventurous of you may wish to consider taking a scenic flight from Queenstown to Te Anau by helicopter with our partner Southern Lakes Helicopters. Flights are obviously subject to weather conditions and prices will vary depending on the number of passengers. For more information contact Southern Lakes Helicopters directly on 03 249 7167.

From Dunedin: the drive from Dunedin to Te Anau through Gore takes about 3.5 hours. Intercity run a bus services from the city to Te Anau which takes about 4.5 hours.



There is a wide range of accommodation in Te Anau and nearby Manapouri to suit all budgets from backpackers to luxury lodges.

Accommodation Partners

Our partner Distinction Hotels offers great accommodation rates, but you need to book early as rooms fill up very quickly at this busy time of the year.

Special rates are available at Distinction Luxmore Hotel using the promo code KEPLER24

  • Standard room $175.00
  • Superior room $185.00
  • Deluxe room $205.00

Special rates are available at Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas using the promo code KEPLER24

  • Garden View Room $230.00
  • Garden Villa Room  $230.00
  • Lakeview Room $251.00
  • Two Bedroom Villas $368.00

To book your accommodation on-line at either hotel, use the promo code: KEPLER24.  Alternatively call them (from NZ only) on 03 249 7526 – don’t forget to tell them that you are doing the Kepler Challenge. Rooms are subject to availability at time of booking.

If you wish to cancel your reservations, please notify the hotel at least 48 hours prior to  the date of arrival.  Cancellation fees may apply.