Lake Te Anau Courtney Anderson
Bucket List Activities and Secret Spots

Date 03 Feb 2021

Lake life, like a local

- pack a book, a kite, a ball some snacks and a thermos, if you are brave enough take a dip you won’t regret it. Chill on the lake and soak up the mountain views, Frasers Beach in Manapouri is a must, and all along the shores of Lake Te Anau you will find picnic tables, BBQ areas, beach huts in relative privacy. Children’s parks with an old school impressive flying fox, an awesome skate park and pump track. 

Biking in Fiordland

–  The Lake2Lake Cycle trail connects Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri, this is a stunning grade 2 cycle trail with opportunities to combine with a jet boat ride, walk on the Kepler Track or relax in privacy for a picnic  Te Anau lakefront trail starts at the D.O.C Visitors Centre the continues along the lakefront to where the Upukerora River flows into the lake, or try one of many town pathways for a ‘nosy-neighbours’ garden cycle tour. Crazy bikes, mountain bikes children’s and electric bikes can be hired in Te Anau.

For more adventurous riders check out Perenuka Mountain Bike Park. For kids hit the pump track behind town centre.

Jet Boating

- great options for exploring and or fishing the Waiau River or Lake Te Anau. Add on a picnic, hike, heli or bike trip the possibilities are endless.

 Alternatively bring your own boat and fishing rod and explore our beautiful lakes, rivers, and beaches.

Te Anau Golf Club

- a challenging 18-hole golf course set on the lakes edge with stunning views up the lake and out to the mountains.

Ivon Wilson Park

– a delight no matter what time of year, home to Lake Henry where kids can learn to fish, an 18-hole Frisbee golf course, a gruffallo forest, plus many walking and cycle trails. This is a true local favourite! If you go on a Wednesday morning you may even be lucky enough to find the Fiordland Kindergarten’s Natures Discovery children attending class no matter what the weather! Their motto is “there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing” which is fitting in Fiordland.

Mavora Lakes

- camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and kayaking (check license requirements and seasons for fishing/hunting) a true-blue kiwi camping spot 40 minutes drive from Te Anau.


03 Feb 2021

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