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The Kepler Challenge

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For the last 25 years, the Kepler Track in South Island New Zealand has staged the Kepler Challenge – a well established event in mountain running circles. This year, the event took place on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd December and our colleague in New Zealand, Steven Pleciak took part. The picture attached is him approaching the hut at Mount Luxmore that walkers can use as overnight accommodation and the lake in the background is Lake Te Anau. The hut is an approximate 5 hour hike from Te Anau and a climb of some 1000m – Steven tells us that it took considerably less time to run down the other side!!

This part of New Zealand is nothing short of stunningly beautiful – as you can see from the photo – and is recommended in a self drive holiday. If you are not keen to walk the Kepler Track (or any of the other tracks for that matter), you will still be able to see views like this. The area is also famous for both Milford and Doubtful Sounds – the chairman of the charity organizing the Kepler Challenge is also a colleague of ours and owner of Trips and Tramps, an excellent small group excursion to Milford Sound from their base in Te Anau.

If you have not yet been to New Zealand, it is a country that we highly recommend should be on your bucket list. We can assist you in planning and booking your holiday and can put you in touch with Steven if you’d like to know more about the Kepler Challenge too.

For more information please contact us on 01323 446550 or info@experienceholidays.co.uk


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