After a resting, laundry and shopping day in Te Anau on Tuesday, I started 56 km of the Kepler track on Wednesday. Unfortunately the weather on Wednesday was rain, alternated with heavy rain. So I was pretty soaked when I got to the first hut. Fortunately I could dry most of my clothes and the other two days were dry. The second day I first ventured into a cave, before starting the track. After reaching the highest point of the track the sky became clear, and the track followed a system of ridges with spectacular views of the track and the surrounding mountains. After this alpine section, the track went down in 76 switchbacks (‘hairpin bends’) to the second hut. The third day was like a walk in the park, going slightly downhill through forests along rivers and lakes. I hiked about 4,5 hours every day, getting to the hut and pickup point around mid-afternoon. That left plenty of time to make dinner and socialise in the huts.