Days: 15-17: Kepler track

Kepler track, 3-4 days. along Lake Te Anau through the Beech forest, then a steep 3 hour climb up and eventually beyond the tree line to Luxmore hut. A great next day following the high ridge lines with fantastic views, then a long, hard, steep descent back down Iris Burn hut, about 2/3rds up a glacial valley. An easier final day down the valley to Lake Manapouri, where the third night’s hut was. But got there at 2pm, and the sandflies were bad, so kept going for another 1.5 hours following the Waiau River, back to the Rainbow reach carpark, and managed to get a lift back to my car at the other starting point (see the map and you will understand).