There is much to see and do in Te Anau, with cruises on the lake to the Te Anau glow worm caves, horse treks, farm tours, hunting, fishing, 4WD tours, motorbikes as well as shopping and dining in the township itself. We can book you in for a lot of things, so have a chat with us in advance or when you check in so you can make the most of your time in Te Anau.
Having tramped, hunted fished and photographed in the area for over 35 years we can give ypu the inside running on what's about, and what there is to do.
We have highlighted some of Te Anau's attractions for you below:
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Your Te Anau Glowworm Caves adventure begins with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau to the western side of the lake. Upon arrival at Cavern House a friendly guide will invite you to accompany them underground in small groups.
As you explore by path and small boat, observe how the rushing water sculpts the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of hundreds of tiny glowworms is a magical sight.
Duration: 2hrs 15 mins, trips can be done during the day or night, small groups (max 14 per guide), wonderful family trip, suitable for all ages with exception of infants, some bending is required at the caves entrance and steps are involved.
For more information see Te Anau Glowworm Caves.
Once described as the finest walk in the world, the Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular walks, with approximately 14000 people completing the track each year. The Milford Track offers spectacular, awe-inspiring views and more.
The Milford Track can be undertaken as a Guided Walk or independently with Guided Walkers staying in separate huts and having a slightly more 'luxurious' experience. In both instances, however, visitors planning to walk the track should book a long way in advance as numbers are limited to max of 40 independent walkers per day to preserve the environment and spaces fill quickly!
For more info see Milford Track.
The Kepler track is a three or four day round trip with a great variety of scenery & classed as one of New Zealand's Great Walks. The track starts at the Lake Te Anau control gates and climbs from the lakeshore to Luxmore Hut. On the second day it crosses exposed alpine ridge tops and descends to the Iris Burn Hut. The third day’s walk follows the Iris Burn, a glacial valley, to Moturau Hut on the shore of stunning Lake Manapouri. It is recommended to walk the track in this direction (anticlockwise) as the ascent into the alpine section of the track is more gradual.
The two entrances to the track, the Te Anau Control Gates or Rainbow Reach offer good starting points for excellent short day walks. At these low levels, the paths are easy going and well-formed, suitable for family outings.
For more info see Kepler Track.
Immerse yourself in the vast and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord in Fiordland National Park.
With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away. Home to abundant wildlife you may see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play, or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.
If you’d like to experience the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound for yourself, ask us about the Wilderness Day Cruise, Navigator Overnight Cruise, Kayaking expeditions or see Doubtful Sound Experiences for more information.
Te Anau Golf Course
Only 3km from Te Anau town centre and set just ‘across the road' from the lake, the Te Anau golf course enjoys beautiful views of the lake and mountains from almost every green and is perfectly positioned to catch the late afternoon sun. With very reasonable green fees and a warm welcome to visitors the Te Anau golf course provides a relaxing afternoon.
See their website for more details: www.teanaugolf.co.nz
Enjoy a constantly changing view of Fiordland on a leisurely horse trek. Local operators can provide you with a steed, matching your experience level, on which to amble through the paddocks. These guided excursions travel through farmland with magnificent lake and mountain vistas.
Westray can cater for all levels of riding experience, for one rider or larger group. a maximum number of 10 per group. Daily departure times at 9am, 1pm and 4.30pm are flexible. Trip duration is 2 to 2.5 hours (allow for 3). This includes free pick-up and drop off from Te Anau.
For more information see Fiordland Horse Treks
Mountain Bike & Bike Hire
Riding a bike in and around Te Anau and Manapouri is one of the best options for how to get from place to place and explore the surrounding area. Even though Fiordland is rugged, Te Anau and Manapouri are on the flat. Mountain bikers will enjoy a few great routes - one of the highlights is the scenic Borland Road.
See the following for local bike hire options:
Fiordland Bike Hire & Mini Golf - 7 Mokonui Street, Te Anau, Ph: 03 249 7211
Given the scenic nature of this area there are numerous places to use your best camera and favorite lenses and capture a unique sunrise or sunset and a host of images between. There's lakes, mountains, rivers and thousands of hectares of bush with dozens of cascades and waterfalls accessed by easy walking tracks, just waiting to be captured. Guides with decades of expert technical knowledge are available to not only help you capture "off the beaten track" images but help you with the technical aspects of their capture. Or if you what them to photograph you in this environment then that's just fine too.
Highlight Images can help. book on www.hightlightimages.co.nz or Ph 020 4139 8907