Te Anau is the perfect place to reconnect as a family, make life long memories, enjoy new experiences and earn a greater appreciation for wildlife and wilderness. With the extra daylight hours down south, slow down, relax and enjoy more time to treasure the little things!
Date 29 Sep 2021
Faith in Fiordland
Jump aboard the Faith in Fiordland, a vintage sailship, for an exquisite Lake Te Anau tour! Taste the wonderful canapes, and sip exquisite New Zealand wines in the Fiordland Park – all escorted by a local Fiordlander.
A sailship of the 1930s, it sure has some tails. Faith allows you to connect with the past and create long-term memories in one of the world's most lovely places. The wonderful cruise encompasses a pleasant walk through the beautiful native forest plants, coupled with a very hidden and spectacular hidden lake.
Fiordland Jet is a one-of-a-kind jet boating trip that promises to be action-packed, thrilling, and adrenaline-inducing. As you explore New Zealand's Fiordland National Park by jetboat, know that you will be entertained for two hours and leave with a lifetime of wonderful memories. What an exciting way to see the region and learn about the people who live here, with your friendly driver pointing out all the important attractions along the route while you hang on tight to the heated hand rails and take in the breath-taking Fiordland landscape.
Underwater Observatory in Milford Sound
Take the family to Milford Sound Piopiotahi on an amazing day trip. Extraordinary waterfalls, Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins can be viewed up close on a day cruise.
Make sure to include Milford Sound Underwater Observatory on your itineraries.
This is the only floating underwater observatory in New Zealand where you can see the unique flora and fauna hiding under the surface of the Fiord. Learn about Milford Sound's exceptional ecosystem with interesting exhibitions and real artefacts. Go down 10 metres below the surface in a spacious observer chamber and see the extraordinary black coral and colourful sea creatures.
For some quality family team building head to Fiordland Escapes. Unique Fiordland themes, challenging rooms, and amazing host. Discover where the last Fiordland moose resides on the Wild Moose Chase or go step back in time with a Blast from the Past to become part of the construction of one of the greatest engineering wonders of New Zealand, the Homer Tunnel. Both rooms are exciting and thrilling so your first challenge will be deciding what room to do first! Fiordland Escapes is a fantastic inclusive activity great for all ages.
It's difficult to realise that beneath the surface of the mountains lurks a hidden network of limestone passageways studded with carved rock, whirlpools, and roaring underground waterfalls as you float through the dazzling Lake Te Anau. Take a journey into this mysterious underground realm, where water rushes through caverns before floating in silence beneath the bright shimmer of glowworms. This is one of New Zealand's most leisurely glow worm excursions, with plenty of time for your eyes to adjust to the darkness and really experience the ambience of hundreds of tiny glow worms. This is the stuff that fairytales and daydreams are built of, so whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, we know you'll enjoy it.
Indoor Climbing Wall
The Fiordland Climbing Wall, with over 300 square metres of climbing terrain that caters to climbers of all levels and ages, is the ideal indoor family activity for burning off some energy with some light-hearted family competition. There are pathways for all skill levels. There are 13 top-ropes, 3 auto-belays, and a mini-lead cave (as well as lead-able terrain throughout) making this a fantastic spot to begin or perfect your climbing abilities.
Grab your coat and an umbrella and head along the Kepler Track (much more sheltered once your in the bush) – the colours come alive when the forest is wet, lush rain forest!!
Kepler Alpaca Tour
For an interactive and informative tour of the farm, the crew will take you about in the Kepler Alpacas Mountain Farm and introduce you to the beautiful, funny Alpacas, who enjoy hand-feeding and taking an Instagram worthy selfie! Make friends with these wonderful creatures before learning more about them at the Wild Wool Gallery, where you can see and touch processed alpaca fibre, learn about the qualities of alpaca fleece, and develop an understanding of New Zealand Alpaca agricultural practises.
Lake2Lake Cycle Trail
Get on your bike head out on the Lake2Lake cycle trail between Lake Manapouri and Lake Te Anau for a morning of active adventure. The trail is grade two, fairly easy the whole way and totaling 30km’s it is the perfect morning activity.
Wild Ride can kit the whole family out for bikes if you don’t have your own. Try out an E-Bike or take a classic mountain bike as you ride around the forest and lake for panoramic views of the countryside.
Te Punanga Manu o Te Anau – Takahē feeding tour
On the banks of Lake Te Anau you will find the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary Punanga Manu o Te Anau. The Park is a great welcoming family trip that gives you the chance to see some of the rare birds in New Zealand which are hard to see in the wild. The Bird Sanctuary's headliners are the rare flightless Takahē and seeing these prehistoric-looking creatures is a must-do for all visitors to Fiordland. You can also spot the Kākā, Ruru koukou/morepork, and various lively native forest parrots.
Ivon Wilson Park
Head to Ivon Wilson Park, an open 35-hectare park with stunning mountain views and marked trails that lead to the pristine Lake Henry.
Ivon Wilson Park is the essential on your Te Anau list if you want to play a game of Frisbee Golf on their 18-hole Frisbee Golf course or a picnic in the park. Discover the Gruffalo Forest, bring your rods for a fish in the lake or simply spend the afternoon relaxing between the native trees. Licenses for fishing in the lake are available at the Fiordland National Park visitor centre, you might catch yourself a brown or rainbow trout.
In addition, Ivon Wilson Park is home to the amazing Nature Discovery children's kindergarten programme of Te Anau which spends one week running about in every weather, making mud pies, creating caves and enjoying toasted marshmallows! Te Anau believes that children at a young age should get to be out experiencing nature!
Pump Track and Skate Park
The kids will be pumped when you let them know about the Skate Park and Pump Track. The Te Anau track is a twin-loop asphalt track is fitted with a sequence of berms and smooth bumps called "rollers" that are moved by the bikers without pedalling. The track offers a different experience for bikers, BMX riders, scooters and skateboarders. The Skate Park located right beside the Pump Track is a fun street circuit with many unexpected features to please everyone.
The kids will totally love it!
Perenuka Mountain Bike Park
The Perenuka Mountain Bike Park is nestled between the hilltops of farmland on the border of the Fiordland National Park. This is a mountain bikers' playground is located 6km from Te Anau centre at the intersection of Sinclair Road. Perenuka Mountain Bike Park roams around a pasture with amazing views of Te Anau Lake and Fiordland highlands. Wind through the trees and out onto the paddock until you reach the trailhead Rattle Ya Dags! Other trails include the spectacular Ewe Turn which goes to the summit of the hill. Take Wazzamatagauri on the ridge and along the valley to Elastrator and back on the top of the hill to the Wuffler for your next ride down. Auger is a fun track to go down and Woolly Jumper is even better if you want to gain a bit of air. Although the track is a bit more challenging, you get to ride over the top of a car. Named after the famous New Zealand movie, the Pork Pie track also features a car.
Plenty of work has gone into repurposing old machinery and changing this farmland into a mountain biker dream that has unique barriers and obstacles to perform stunts.
Flying Foxes in Fiordland
Check out the epic Flying fox at Lion’s Park or Lake Manapouri. If you enjoy swings and slides, Lions Park is where you go. It is just across the lake around the corner from the main street. Here you will find an awesome playground, a great picnic spot and the biggest drawcard, the flying fox!
As you head into Manaouri park up opposite the Manaporui Café and Dairy and let the kids loose on the flying fox that overlooks the spectacular Lake Manaporui. Afterwards why not treat the family to an ice cream or hot chocolate?
Discover the beautiful beauty of Te Anau and join the Westray Adventures horse trekking adventure. Travel by horseback and enjoy a slower pace in the scenery while enjoying a 360 degree perspective of one of the most magnificent landscapes in New Zealand. Find a horse to fit your level of skill and travel over the gentle agricultural countryside surrounded by beautiful lake and mountain views.
Paddle Boats Hire
Discover the tranquil waters of Lake Te Anau on a pedal boat - cruise on the coast of the lake and have some fun with your family! Choose to sit high above the lake on either a colourful large wheel bike or beautiful swan that allow you to see the sights and activities going on around the lake.
Pedal through crystal clear lakes and take advantage of the wonderful vistas of Lake Te Anau on snow-capped mountains. A fantastic time for people of all ages.
Whether you are visiting friends and family, on work or on holiday, the 4 new Plexipave tennis courts can be found in the heart of the town. Tennis is a great sport to meet some fantastic locals and teach the kids a new skill. The Te Anau Tennis club also offers a wide range of opportunities, from learning to play from experienced coaches to competing in the Thursday night tennis competition.
The club is welcoming so you stop by and pick a racket or get a lesson for yourself.
Te Anau is a stunning little town on the edge of the lake. Nothing compares to wandering along the lake with the kids. Teaching them how to skim stones, helping them collect driftwood to build tepee huts, watching them let out their inner monkey and climb trees or taking them down by the DOC Visitor Centre with a bag of crusts to feed the ducks.
Although Lake Te Anau is always breathtakingly beautiful, the sunsets never get old. Grab some fish and chips from the Te Anau Club and take advantage of Mother Nature's show.
Mini Golf and Quadricycle Hire
During your Te Anau stay, try your hand in Mini Golf. Whether you call it mini-golf, insane golf, putt putt or adventure golf, it’s one of the most popular friendly family games that is suitable for all ages. Challenging yet satisfying, the 18-hole mini golf course is a great way to spend the afternoon putting about.
After you’ve scored your hole in one, why not take the quadricycles for a spin around town? Quadricycles are four-wheeled bikes that are designed for two to six people. This is a unique method to cycle through the community of Te Anau. A fun experience to get the kids off devises and outside this holiday.
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