Nature and the great outdoors
As the base for several world-famous walks, Te Anau has been dubbed the ‘walking capital of the world’. The nearby ‘Great Walks’ can be completed either independently or with a guide, and you can choose to complete just a small section of a track within a matter of hours or complete the whole hike over multiple days. While you’re out and about in nature, you’re sure to notice the region’s prolific birdlife—the Tui, Weka, Kaka and Yellow-Crowned Kakariki are commonly sighted, and be sure to keep an eye out for the endangered Takehe.
Scenic flights are always highlight for our guests! Te Anau occupies a very special part of the world, and a scenic[HG1] flight by fixed-wing plane, sea plane or helicopter can allow you to see the amazing landscapes from a whole new perspective. Fly over nearby Milford Sound, land on spectacular glaciers or remote waterways or simply enjoy uninterrupted views of the lush native forest, snow-topped mountains, glassy blue lakes and magnificent waterfalls.
Cruises and boating
Whether you’re a fan of a relaxing, serene cruise or looking for something more hair-raising, there are plenty of local options for activities on the water. Take a day cruise across Milford or Doubtful Sound or go[HG1] on a charter for an overnight adventure. Speed across New Zealand’s deepest lake or down the Waiau River while spotting trout and marvelling at the familiar sights from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Animals and wildlife
Fiordland has a unique climate and landscape, is incredibly rich in biodiversity and has several indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy that involve animals. Take the whole family on a visit to a local farm or saddle-up and horse trek across the vast countryside. Wildlife-watchers can see Milford Sound’s aquatic life in its natural habitat from New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory or visit the wildlife centre on the shores of Lake Te Anau to see and learn about the local bird life.
Cafes, bars and restaurants
The dining options in Te Anau and the Fiordland region are fantastic, with a wide variety of cuisines on offer. Grab a freshly baked pie from one of the beautiful bakeries or settle in at a lakeside restaurant to enjoy a drink and a meal with a view. Hot tip: venison, wild game and seafood are our local specialties—don’t leave without giving them a try! Our favourite places? Red Cliff Café and Bar, Fat Duck Restaurant, Bao Now food trucks, the Black Dog Bar and coffee and Sandfly café. There are great fish and chip shops and family friendly cafes too—ask us for our recommendations.
Adventure and adrenaline
Looking for a physical activity to get the heart racing? How about sky diving over some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery? Or a quad-bike adventure, where you’ll speed across wet and muddy terrain, up and down hills and across local farmland? If you’re after something slightly slower-paced, try sea-kayaking on Milford or Doubtful Sound—you’ll experience the power of the waterfalls up close and have the chance to see penguins and dolphins.
Fiordland is prime hunting, fishing and diving country, home to a massive wapiti/elk population and plenty of fish species and marine life including southern blue cod, trumpeter, skipjack tuna, hundred-year-old black corals, crayfish and much, much more! Those keen on cycling will enjoy riding the fabulous new Lake 2 Lake cycle trail, an easy, scenic 19km ride that will eventually stretch from Lake Te Anau to Lake Manapouri. We also have one of New Zealand’s most picturesque golf courses perched right on the edge of Lake Te Anau.
In the evening
Evenings don’t have to be spent back at your accommodation, planning activities for the following day. In fact, some of our most popular attractions are best experienced at night. Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat or take a stargazing tour to learn about the constellations that light up our skies. The Boutique Fiordland Cinema is a great indoor evening activity for all ages. The picture theatre screens local films and box office hits—and is one of the few New Zealand cinemas where you can still experience a half-time intermission.
We’re more than happy to book activities or make meal reservations on our guests’ behalf. Just let us know what you would like to do and when, and leave the rest up to us!