The Kepler Track is a 60km great walk that is certainly great. Nora and I tramped the walk and also bumped into another TA NOBO tramper - Dragon - aka Dan at the first campsite.
We arrived at Brod Bay camp at 6:30pm after a one hour tramp from the Te Anau Kepler trail head. As soon as we got to camp the rain started, and managed to continue for the remainder of the night.
While Nora camped closer to the amenities area, Dan and I camped further on, close to a beach and a fire place. Despite the rain and damp wood, Dragon was true to name:
The walk in is a popular local running spot. I was thinking how wonderful to have the following scenery envelope you on an afternoon run.
That evening, as dusk settled, I was thinking of the day - and climb - ahead of me. You can see the spur line next to the one we took over the next day.
Day 2 - I woke up to NO RAIN, but a poor night sleep made me sleep in to 7am! Nora was already ready to walk as I was coming out of my tent so we said good byes for the rest of the day.
The climb out of the shores of the Fjord was steady for about 600m or so until we go above the tree line and looked back on to the Te Anau bay
The next few kilometers were trampled across ridge line, not dissimilar to the Australian alps, but with more majestic backdrops. It reminded a bit of The sentinel back home. But bigger.
After a log walk over the ridge line - punctuated by curious Keas - the path dropped down to our campsite and sandflies.
That night was another damp and cold one. By the morning, the condensation and rain seeped into the tent and mat. A special thanks to Rob our DOC ranger who was tip top awesome. I don’t know why but I was feeling quite low that night - perhaps it was the 3 hours sleep I had the night before. Maybe. Probably. Definitely.
The next day was a lovely and gentle 16km journey out back to Te Anau. The only downside was that Nora’s knee was inflamed. So she was in increasing pain.
Yet still Nora is smiling! I got back to Te Anau by 3pm and there was much washing and drying to be done. The next early morning Nora and I took a bus to Invercargill.
A huge thanks too to Paul from Paul’s homestay accomodation. Definitely a great help to TA walkers.