On the summit of Mount Luxmore, Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Best, Uncomplicated Hut Trek: The Kepler Track

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By Michael Lanza

The forecast for New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park looks particularly grim, even for this chronically wet region that receives more than 30 feet of rainfall annually—or about 10 times as much rain as Seattle. A “Southwesterly,” a fierce and not uncommon type of storm that blows in from the Southern Ocean off Antarctica and can offload several inches of rain, will slam into Fiordland’s mountains and fjords over the next couple of days. With that kind of forecast, locals just hunker down indoors and wait it out what they refer to as a “weetha bum” (Kiwi for “weather bomb”).

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2 Responses to New Zealand’s Best, Uncomplicated Hut Trek: The Kepler Track

  1. wayne   |  October 15, 2017 at 10:06 am

    quite often publicising tracks in NZ ruins them, these tracks take a small number of people and they get booked out way in advance because of too much publicity, or they just get over run and people camp on them illegally because they cant book on them, campers use the huts illegally… etc etc, teach people how to do their own homework and find their own track and not do what everyone else does publicicse the same few tracks over and over , some of nz’s tracks book out months in advance as soon as bookings open… the rest of the wilderness is empty space because no ones doing their homework

  2. LeAnn   |  October 15, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Another amazing adventure to add to my list! You never disappoint!

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