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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Kepler Track: Day 1: Mt Luxmore

Mt Luxmore Hut
Mt Luxmore Hut

I'd chosen the 67km Kepler Track as a gentle introduction to real tramping; the walks to Mueller Hut and Ball Shelter in Mt Cook National Park were both 'real' tramps, but neither required carrying serious provisions (although we managed to pack a fair bit in for our Christmas Day celebrations, naturally). The Kepler, on the other hand, is one of the country's eight Great Walks, which are slightly more expensive than other walks (or much more expensive in the case of the Milford and Routeburn tracks) but which are reckoned to be the classic Kiwi walks. Of course, all this has a whiff of marketing claptrap about it, because there are plenty of astounding walks in New Zealand that aren't classified as Great Walks, but the scheme is a useful way of focussing tourists on those tracks that DOC has put money into maintaining, and the classification indicates that the walks are worth doing, which is handy if you're visiting New Zealand on a short holiday and don't have the luxury of time.

South Fiord from Mt Luxmore
South Fiord from Mt Luxmore