Te Anau and Fiordland

Haere mai, welcome

In anticipation of your arrival in Te Anau and Fiordland, thank you for choosing to stay at Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park on the edge of Fiordland. This page has been developed with tips to prepare for your arrival in Te Anau and Fiordland and for your journey through Lake Te Anau and Fiordland National Park and is designed to inform you in preparation for your arrival.

There is so much to see, do or simply relax in our beautiful calming town and so we have developed this one page overview of Fiordland National Park and Lake Te Anau especially for you.

Lake Te Anau and Fiordland

Approx. Driving times to Lake Te Anau from:
Lake Wanaka – 3.5 hours
Queenstown – 2.5 hours
Dunedin – 3.5 hours
Invercargill – 2.05 hours
Milford Sound – 2.5 hours

A number of companies operate Transport into Te Anau from surrounding cities like Queenstown and Invercargill – we recommend Tracknet as they have a range of departures and also operate connections to the Local Great Walks. The Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks as well as the Hollyford and Rakiura/Stewart Island.

You are able to use the map below on Google to view our Holiday Park or to get directions. Try using Google Earth to capture our incredible views.

Your arrival at Lake Te Anau

The Te Anau township is on the shore of stunning Lake Te Anau. Across Lake Te Anau the Wilderness of Fiordland National Park and majestic snow capped mountains. A paradise untouched by human change for thousands of years and protected from change as part of the Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. A landscape and atmosphere to awaken the senses. Taste the fresh air, marvel at the natural level of quiet, listen to the beautiful birdsong that greets dawn and dusk and sigh at the beauty of Fiordland.

Te Anau Facilities:

Lake Te Anau has a large Fresh Choice Supermarket and a smaller Four Square as well as several fuel stations. There are information centres in town and also our Holiday Park reception is fully equipped to answer all of your questions and to provide you with maps to get around. Te Anau is an attractive town of approx. 3000 people. There are 3 local schools here for ages from 5-18 as well as two pre-schools. There is also a medical centre, pharmacy and a variety of retail and souvenir stores.

Free Local Attractions (all year):

More information is available from our reception team when you check in.

Fiordland Cycle Trail: Starting opposite our Holiday Park the Fiordland Cycle Trail is a high quality walking, jogging and cycling trail that can be followed to the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary to the Control Gates and along the shore of the Waiau River to Queens Reach. Care should be taken as these tracks in respect of other users.

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary: 10 to 15 minute Lake side walk from our Holiday Park.

Ivon Wilson Park: Located directly alongside our Holiday Park, Ivon Wilson is a delightful park with a little lake for stunning views and picnics and a gorgeous boardwalk area. A lovely sheltered location.

Lake Te Anau Foreshore Walk/Run: the Foreshore walk begins directly outside our Holiday Park. You can either turn right and walk in towards the town centre and then carry on around the Lake Front to the mouth of the Upukeroa River. Or turn Left and walk towards the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and enclosures with New Zealand Native Birds such as Tui, Takahe, Bellbird, Kaka and Wood Pigeon.

Kepler Track Day Walks: The Kepler Track is a 60 km loop track starting and finishing at the Control Gates for Lake Te Anau. Weather allowing, you can walk to the top of Mount Luxmore for a day walk or shorter walks to Doc and Broad Bays or catch a bus to the Swingbridge / Rainbow Reach and walk back to our Holiday Park (4 hours).

Local Mountain Bike Track: In Ivon Wilson Park, behind our Holiday Park, you will find trails which vary in difficulty for cycling on. Care should be taken as these tracks are NOT MAINTAINED TO A HIGH LEVEL and so may have obstacles / hazards to be negotiated.

Te Anau Activities

Glowworm Caves (all year)

Departing Real Journeys Visitor Centre at either 2.00pm, 5.00pm or 7.00pm. Enjoy a 20 minute cruise on Lake Te Anau to an underground network of caves lit by thousands of glow worms. 10 minute walk from the Lakeview Holiday Park. Allow 2 hrs 15 mins

Luxmore Jet (all year)

Journey deep into Fiordland National Park. View three actual Lord of the Rings film locations. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of beautiful Lake Manapouri. Departs Lakeview Holiday Park – allow 90 mins (1 hour in boat).

Ata Whenua (all year)

Ata Whenua – Fiordland on Film is a must see cinematic presentation of Fiordland National Park. Weekly Movie schedules at reception – groups should pre book screenings

Horse Riding (Sept – Apr)

Horse Trek through Te Anau’s scenic countryside, farmland and along the Whitestone river, A variety of horses are trained to suit all levels of experience. 3 to 3 and a half hours duration

Te Anau Restaurants

These are some of Lake Te Anau’s many great restaurants.

La Toscana: (all year)

Italian comfort food at its best!!

We use quality local and imported ingredients to make our delicious pizzas and pastas.

Fresh made pizza bases, slow simmered pasta sauces and homemade desserts.

Kepler’s Restaurant: (all year)

Kepler Restaurant is known for our local seafood, as well as having local meats – venison, roast lamb & steaks. All meals served with fresh vegetables or salad.
We are licenced and have an extensive wine selection including Central Otago varieties.

The Redcliff (October – June)

A popular restaurant and bar with unique atmosphere and character, serving original and interesting cuisine, featuring the freshest local produce, great coffee and a bar open late, 7 days, live music throughout the summer months.
* punga garden bar
* petanque
* NZ wine
* awesome coffee (Jungle Coffee Beans)
* Lord of the Rings favourite spot with memorabilia

The Fat Duck (all year)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

• 8.30am till late 7 days
• Relaxed family environment
• Separate Bar/Dining area
• Bacon & Eggs
• Free WiFi
• Large screen TV
• Happy Hour 5-6pm daily
• Child friendly
• Great for larger groups
• Takeaway coffee/food available

Milford Sound

The Drive to Milford Sound

The Te Anau – Milford Sound Highway, is arguably one of the most incredible scenic driving experiences you will encounter during your New Zealand Holiday. The distance from Te Anau to Milford Sound is 120 km’s. We recommend allowing at least 2.5 hours driving time which should get you into Milford Sound with plenty of time allowing for slow traffic. The road has lots of twists and turns, in areas you will slow to 25km’s. Over the course of your journey, In Te Anau, you will begin at approx. 300 metres above sea level, rise to around 840 metres before making a steep decent (over approx. 20km) into Milford Sound which is at sea level.

Snow chains are required to be carried at certain times of the year. During the Spring, avalanches may close the road to traffic. There is no fuel station in Milford Sound and so we suggest having a full tank of fuel before departing Te Anau.

Milford Road Walks

Along the Milford Highway there are a number of day walks that can add to your Milford Sound Experience. If you are self driving we recommend joining a cruise early in the day (around 11.00am) and enjoying the short walks and heritage sights during your drive back to Lake Te Anau. If you want to join a Coach and Cruise that makes the very most out of the scenic stops on the Milford Road, we recommend Trips and Tramps. Their small group tour (max. 12 passengers on bus) includes transport from Lakeview Holiday Park with loads of photographic opportunities and nature walks on the scenic Te Anau – Milford Sound Alpine Highway. Includes a 2 hr Nature cruise of Milford Sound with on-board nature guide for interpretation. Cruise visits waterfalls and pauses for viewing wildlife.


There are a range of options to experience Milford Sound,

Coach and Cruise (Year Round).

There are several companies offering Coach and Cruise options departing Lake Te Anau. Prices range from $85-$170 per person depending on the time of year you travel. We do recommend Te Anau based companies. The reason for this is simple. If you join a Queenstown coach, they are on a tight timetable to get back to Queenstown at the end of the day and so cannot do as many stops on the Milford Road due to time constraints. Also, if you did choose to visit Milford Sound from Queenstown, you would be on the coach for around 5 hours longer than travelling from Te Anau – we do not recommend this).

Self Drive and Milford Sound Day Cruise (Year Round).

There are four companies offering Cruises departing from Milford Sound. Prices range from $65-$150 per person depending on the time of year you travel and any optional extras. For your self drive journey, all cruise companies require you to check in 20 minutes prior to the cruise departure time. If you allow 3 hours from Lake Te Anau that will get you in to Milford Sound comfortably and should allow for any traffic delays on the Milford Road also.

Kayaking (Year Round)

Options for kayaking are either with transport from Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park to Milford Sound or self drive. There are kayaking options suitable for beginners to advanced kayakers. The main highlights of Milford include views of the Pembroke Glacier, mile high Mitre Peak and towering sea cliffs. Milford Sound from “Sea Level” is an incredible experience.

Overnight Cruises (Oct – April)

Once the coaches depart from Milford Sound and the day visitors move back to their accommodation for the evening, a quiet falls over Milford Sound. Overnight Cruises are a magical way to experience Milford Sound, you will be on the water from approx. 4.30pm – 9.20am. Accommodation options on board the boats are either twin, double or quad share.

Milford Deep Underwater Discovery Centre (Year Round)

The underwater discovery centre is not an aquarium but a window into the undersea environment of Milford Sound. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the undersea life that lives in the fiord without getting wet.

Doubtful Sound

If what you know about Milford Sound excites you, be prepared to have that rivalled by the beauty of Doubtful Sound. Doubtful Sound is many times larger than Milford Sound and much less accessible, meaning that there are only limited numbers of people and boats on the Fiord. The increased size of the fiord means that you are less likely to encounter numerous other vessels on your cruise and that no two cruises are the same.

The smaller Overnight Cruise companies allow fishing on board outside marine reserves – some species are catch and release.

Wildlife aplenty! Your chances of encountering seals and dolphins during your cruise is increased in Doubtful Sound as there is a resident pod of around 70 Bottlenosed dolphins who live in the Fiord and a seal colony at the mouth of Doubtful Sound.

Doubtful Sound’s scenery is different to Milford Sound, Milford Sound is very steep and dramatic with sharply jutted and sparsely vegetated sea cliffs. Doubtful Sound is dotted with islands and has several “fiords” that run off the main fiord to be explored, Crooked Arm at 16 kms long, is the same length as Milford Sound.

Secretary Island in Doubtful Sound is a “Pest Free” Island Sanctuary which has a range of Native and Endangered Native New Zealand Birds released onto it.

As part of your Doubtful Sound Experience, you will also cruise on Lake Manapouri for 45 minutes and pass the Manapouri Power Station, an underground hydroelectric power station which is capable of generating up to 850 MW using water from Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand.

Doubtful Sound Cruises depart from Manapouri which is located 20 minutes drive from Te Anau. There is ample car parking nearby for both day and overnight parking.

Day Cruises (All Year)

There are two companies offering 3 hour cruises of Doubtful Sound, these include transport on Lake Manapouri and over the Wilmot Pass. Due to maintenance this season (2014/2015) the Underground Power Station may not be able to be visited so is generally not included. Prices range from $200.00 per person depending on the company you travel with and the time of the year.

Southern Secret – Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises (Sept- May)

There are four companies operating Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises. The Southern Secret is our favourite offering as there is a maximum of 5 private cabins onboard, each with a double bed and the convenience of a private ensuite bathroom. Activities include fishing, kayaking and sightseeing.


Doubtful Sound Kayak (Nov – April)

One day guided kayaking trip in Doubtful Sound. For a unique experience, kayak Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park. Forget about the crowds, leave your cell phone behind and join them for a small group, personalized kayaking tour packed with adventure and scenery all the way!


Great Walks (Open all Year).

Bookings required Oct – April.

From May – Sept the huts become Back Country standard for experienced hikers. Day Walks possible on most year round (subject to weather). If you are walking these tracks, you must be responsible for your own safety and have the correct equipment for the conditions, and also be aware of your surroundings and the weather.

Within Fiordland National Park you will find three of New Zealand’s nine Great Walk’s. These are the Kepler, Routeburn and world renowned Milford Track.

These are two or three night adventrous walks for visitors of all ages. To overnight on the tracks, you must have a booking, however day walks are possible on all of them departing from Te Anau. Gear hire, bus transport and information on the Tracks is all available from our reception team.