The gateway to the Fiordland National Park, Te Anau sits on the shores of the 345 square kilometre Lake Te Anau which reaches depths of 417 metres. Te Anau Township is the starting point for many walking tracks including two of New Zealand's Great Walks, the Milford track and the Kepler track. The Milford road originates here and this is arguably one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the country.
Begin your Te Anau Glowworm experience with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau on board the luxury catamaran, Luminosa, to the western side of the lake. On arrival, you'll enter the caves through Cavern House, where informative displays detail the history of this 12,000 year old underground network.
You'll then explore by limestone pathway while your guide points out hidden whirlpools, sculpted rock formations and a rushing underground waterfall. See a magical display of thousands of glowworms as you glide through the darkness in a small boat.
This breathtaking 'Fiordland On Film - Ata Whenua' will take you on an unforgettable journey through one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth. Shot by award-winning cinematographers with outstanding musical composition, this is the next best thing to a scenic flight over this spectacular wilderness.
Jet boat down the Waiau river, across Lake Manapouri, to the ancient forest of the Fiordland National Park. Enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout-filled Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri. Step foot into the Fiordland National Park and go for a short walk while learning about the ancient beech forest and ferns. Your jet boat ride includes a number of stops at the exact locations of the filming the "Fellowship of the Ring" on the Waiau or Anduin River, where the driver will tell you the inside story of the filming the Lord of the Rings on this river. The trip will also include some thrilling 360 degree turns and spins as well as interesting interpretation about the flora and fauna and the local European and Maori history.
Fiordland is world renowned for the quality of its fly fishing. The crystal clear unpolluted waters are managed as a wild fishery producing good stocks of large Brown and Rainbow trout. Fiordland Guides specialise in upstream sight fishing and all fishing is catch and release. Experience true wilderness fishing amongst stunning scenery on remote rivers in Fiordland. (Optional helicopter fly ins direct from the Lodge), or try back country fishing on rolling New Zealand farmland. Fiordland Guides organise multi-day trips for variety of water and scenery: an unforgettable experience each day.
Fiordland Guides have 30 years of fly fishing experience and are a licenced owner-operator guiding service whose licence permits to guide on rivers and water ways in most regions of the South Island of New Zealand.
Most of the fishing is in the Fiordland and Southland regions, though you can travel further afield if required. There are over forty rivers and streams within 1 hour 30 minutes travel of Te Anau. They vary from small spring fed streams to moderate sized rivers. These waters are all managed as a wild fishery. The mountains of Fiordland are clothed in rich rain forest and here true wilderness fishing is as good as it gets. During settled weather, the rivers run clear, and large brown and rainbow trout can be seen cruising in deep pools. Away from the mountains and forest, the rivers flow across farm land with an ever changing landscape. Access along the river banks is some what easier than in the mountains and good stocks of both brown and rainbow trout abound.
Set on a superb site with commanding views out across Lake Te Anau Fiordland Lodge sits in a rural setting with rolling grass lands surrounding the Lodge. Lake Te Anau is a mere ten minute walk away.
Across the lake to the west lie the mountains of Fiordland National Park, an area of over three million acres of untouched wilderness and part of the much larger South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
The enjoyment of food and wine is integral to the experience on offer at Fiordland Lodge. Food is a focal point for the lodge and you'll be hard pressed to find something on the menu that isn't homemade or locally grown. The use of quality, seasonal, regional and largely organic ingredients are fundamental to their cuisine philosophy.
Every item on the menu hails from the surrounding land. Within five minutes of the lodge there are at least 10 rivers that have fresh watercress sprouting and wild black berries. Items such as the breakfast jams will have been made from fruit plucked from the onsite garden. Venison and rabbit is sourced from the local hunters. Fresh organic vegetables, greens, herbs and eggs are harvested daily from the huge onsite vegetable garden.
Each season nature offers a new palette for the kitchen team to create dishes. Chef Loughnane is dedicated to sourcing the freshest of ingredients, creating relationships with local farmers and smaller producers. A changing evening menu also means that guests get to experience as much of New Zealand’s wonderful food as possible.
Guided Fly Fishing - Fiordland is world-renowned for the quality of its fly fishing in New Zealand. The crystal clear unpolluted waters are managed as a wild fishery, producing good stocks of large Brown and Rainbow trout. Fiordland Guides specialise in upstream sight fishing and all fishing is catch and release. Over 40 uncrowded rivers and streams are within 1.5 hours drive of the Lodge.
Guided Nature Walks - There are a wide choice of scheduled trips available. These range from half day walks to interesting local areas, some of which are rich in history, to hikes of a number of days or more into the remoter regions of Fiordland.
Conservation Gold Sponsor - Donations of $400 or more towards the Kepler Peninsula conservation project are handsomely rewarded. Beginning with the ‘box seat’ in an early morning helicopter ride, you will join a local volunteer for a day on the Kepler Peninsula checking the pest trap line. You will be required to assist as a scribe, noting any wildlife along the way. This is a unique full-day experience walking the 8km track through pristine native beech forest, checking traps along the way. The walking is leisurely with frequent stops.
Fly north over Lake Te Anau to discover the northern parts of Fiordland National Park including the iconic Milford Sound, with its Sutherland Falls, Mitre Peak, and towering ice capped mountains. Your return journey will take you along the Murchison Mountains, a special conservation area paramount in the management of the endangered flightless Takahe. Continue your scenic flight above and beyond Milford Sound into the heart of Fiordland's biggest mountains. Glacier landing included.
Running short of time? This is the perfect alternative for you. Fly over Lake Manapouri and the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau to the remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound. See stunning waterfalls and unspoilt scenery which will leave you in awe of this dramatic region. Doubtful Sound flights take you to a more remote area of the South Islands rugged West Coast. Sometimes called the Sound of Silence there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that is a contrast with its near neighbour, Milford Sound. At 421 metres deep Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords and is long and winding with three distinct arms. The distance from Deep Cove to the open sea is around 40.4 kilometres. It is also home to New Zealands highest waterfall - the Browne Falls at 836m (2,742 ft).
Take a thrilling Jet Boat ride down the beautiful Waiau River with Fiordland Jet, and travel back to Te Anau in style with a 15 minute flight to soak up some Fiordland National Park magic.
The Waiau River is truly one-of-a-kind. Teeming with Brown and Rainbow Trout and bordering Fiordland National Park, the Waiau combines low fishing pressure with extraordinary Mayfly hatches for a fly fishing experience that’s truly world class yet often underrated. A larger waterway; highly experienced guides break the Waiau down and fish it like a small river. Dotted with islands, beaches and eddies that are impossible to reach on foot, custom-built boats are used to navigate to the river’s best fishing spots, sometimes fishing from the boat drift-style. Don’t be put off by the use of the jet boat – trout on the Waiau are forgiving and settle fast once the boat has moved through. This is a great fit for anglers looking for an outstanding fly fishing adventure. It’s also a perfect river for those just getting to know fly fishing – the guides are friendly and patient.
Enjoy a guided walk from Te Anau alongside the Waiau River, Lake Te Anau or Manapouri on the Kepler Track.
The track has a gentle gradient, is well maintained and suitable for all abilities. During the walk the Trips & Tramps guide details native fauna and flora, explains the unique beech forest ecological cycle and shares conservation efforts made on the Kepler Track and around Fiordland. Enjoy a classic kiwi cuppa at a scenic location and share a yarn with your local guide.
You’ll be collected from your accommodation this morning for your drive along the magnificent Milford Road, rated one of the best road trips in the world. You’ll pass through rainforests surrounded by towering mountain scenery and your guide will show you all the special spots along the way. On arriving into Milford Sound’s Deepwater Basin you’ll gear up for your kayaking adventure. You’ll kayak around Milford Sound taking in all the highlights including the Pembroke Glacier, mile high Mitre Peak and towering sea cliffs and waterfalls. You’ll enjoy lunch on the sound before continuing on your kayak adventure past the many waterfalls and wonderful wildlife.
Enjoy a leisurely small group day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau during the winter months, including a Boat Cruise along the full length of the fiord. The relaxed timetable allows more stops to enjoy this winter wonderland, with plenty of opportunities for photographs and short walks. Your tour is also the local mail delivery service, so you'll get a glimpse of everyday life in the National Park. There will also be a stop for a true wilderness tea-break with complimentary tea, coffee and home style biscuits.
From Te Anau travel along the spectacular Milford Road with local, experienced nature guides eager to share their stories, knowledge and passion for the area, bringing the mysteries of Fiordland to life. On reaching Milford Sound, join a large Boat Cruise for a nature focused cruise on the Milford Sound taking you out to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent opportunities to view the waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. On completion of the cruise, passengers re-group before continuing along the Milford Road back to Te Anau.
Enjoy a guided day excursion from Te Anau to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. Begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Milford Road to the Divide Shelter which is the starting point for the guided walk to Key Summit. There are opportunities for short nature walks and photo stops along the way. Departing from the shelter, the walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest on a well maintained track. The steady climb takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely pace. A maximum of 12 walkers with a Trips and Tramps guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. Gaining an elevation of 400 metres, you'll emerge from the forest into the alpine environment, with panoramic views of high snowy peaks, alpine lakes, and deep bush clad valleys. On a fine day you'll enjoy lunch (not included) on the summit amidst the alpine tarns, and in unfavourable conditions in the shelter of a nearby tramping hut. After lunch steps are retraced to the Divide Shelter before returning to Te Anau by coach. Hot drinks and energy snacks are included and will be carried by the guide. A medium level of fitness is required to enjoy this walk.
Lake Te Anau is a great place for lots of activities including walking, tramping, boating, fishing, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming and water skiing at Brod Bay. Te Anau is the closest town with facilities to Fiordland National Park, a wilderness area famed for tramping and spectacular scenery.
Kepler track: Carpark to Dock Bay and Brod Bay
From the Kepler Track carpark, the track follows the lake shore through mountain and red beech forest, with kamahi and some scattered rimu and miro and yellow-flowering kowhai.
Distance: 5.6 km return via same track. Completion Time: 1-3 hours return
Kepler Track: Carpark to Rainbow Reach
From the Kepler Track carpark, the track follows the terraces of the Waiau River along the Kepler Track through red and mountain beech forest to Rainbow Reach.
Distance: 9.5 km return via same track. Completion Time: 2.5 hours one way
Kepler Track: Rainbow Reach to Shallow Bay or Moturau Hut
From the Rainbow Reach carpark, cross the swing bridge and follow the track to the Control Gates for 200 m before turning left towards a short steep ascent. After that the track is gently undulating and wanders through mountain beech forest with some great river views. Some scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed near this part of the river.
Distance: 6 km return via same track. Completion Time: 3 - 3 hours 30 minutes return
Kepler Track (Carpark to Luxmore Hut)
Carpark to Luxmore Hut - This strenuous walk provides impressive views of Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri and Te Anau basin on one side, and the Murchison and Kepler Mountains on the other.
Distance: 13.8 km one way return via same track. Completion Time: 8-10 hours return
Visitor Centre to Upukerora River Track
This easy track leads alongside the Te Anau lakefront to where the Upukerora River flows into the lake.
Completion Time: 3 hour return
Fiordland is home to a wonderful variety of native birds, whose habitat ranges from the rugged mountain and forest environments to the wild west coast seashore. The Te Anau Wildlife Centre is the ideal setting to learn about some of Fiordland's wildlife. The centre offers the opportunity to view the rare flightless takahē, now restricted to the tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Native waterfowl, weka, parakeets, tui, kea, kākā and pigeons are all part of the setting. The centre's main aviary houses a number of native birds. The native pigeon, tui, kea and kaka or bush parrot can be seen here. Another aviary houses native parakeets.