The Gateway to Fiordland National Park.
Te Anau is a small town of approximately 2000 permanent residents and is known as the 'Gateway to Fiordland' - being the closest town to Milford Sound and other accessways into Fiordland National Park. Following is some useful information about the area:
Bike Hire: Te Anau has some fantastic cycle trails, including scenic rides suitable for the whole family and more challenging rides for the experienced cyclist. Mountain bikes and electric bikes can be hired from several venues in Te Anau.
Anglican Church. Mokonui Street, Te Anau. St Michael and All Angels Sunday service is at 9.30am each Sunday morning
Fiordland New Life Church. Corner of Milford & Blatch Roads, Te Anau. Services are held on Sundays at 10.00am and 6.00pm.
Lakeside Presbyterian Church. 112 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau. Service every Sunday at 10.00am.
St Bernard's Catholic Church. 16 Mokonui Street. Vigil Mass is held on Saturdays at 7.00pm.
Disc Golf Te Anau: Set in beautiful Ivon Wilson park, the 18 holes (or Potts) set through the park offer a great fun activity for family and friends. Discs can be hired from Outside Sports and Te Anau Mini Golf. See their Facebook page for more information: Te Anau Disc Golf Facebook page
Glowworm Caves: Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on one of the purpose-built scenic cruise vessels. Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, which are unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary. There are several departures daily and we are able to make bookings for you at reception.
Golf Course: Te Anau has a wonderful 18 hole golf course situated at the Southern end of Lake Te Anau with stunning views overlooking the lakes and the mountains. Enquire at reception if you need to know about club hire and green fees etc.
Kepler track: You can't beat a walking track that's been built with the purpose of showing off the very best features of Fiordland! The full Kepler Track is 60 kilometres long and usually completed over 3-4 days (hut bookings are essential Oct-April). Parts of the Kepler Track can also be enjoyed as day walks. There are entry points at the Control Gates or Rainbow Reach which allow you to walk alongside the Waiau River, or Lake Te Anau. The Kepler Water taxi also departs Te Anau daily for Brod Bay, which gives you the option of ascending Mount Luxmore, or taking a leisurely stroll back to Te Anau. See us at reception for information about Kepler Day Walks and to book the water taxi.
Punanga Manu O Te Anau - Te Anau Bird Sanctuary: At the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary you can view a variety of NZ birds including Kaka, Morepork, Kea and the once thought extinct, Takahe. Based in a park setting, it is open from dawn to dusk and entry is by donation. Visit at feeding times and listen to informative information about the birds from the DOC rangers. Feeding times: 9:30 am (1 October - 31 March) or 10:30 am (1 April - 30 September). More information available here: Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Scenic Flights: If you are wanting to visit Milford or Doubtful Sound and are short on time or just want to see Fiordland in style - there are floatplane, fixed-wing and helicopter scenic flights available. Flights depart on demand daily and are weather-dependent. There are many options to suit every budget, so talk to us at reception to discover the best option for you.