For a peek at some of Fiordland’s birds that are sometimes difficult to see in the wild, visit the Te Anau Wildlife Centre on the shore of Lake Te Anau. It’s a great place for children and families, and an easy 10 minute walk from Te Anau.
The rare, flightless takahē
Location and getting there
The Wildlife Centre is 1 km (about 10 minutes walk) from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre on the lakefront (heading towards Manapouri).
Open times and cost
The Centre is open from dawn to dusk. Guided tours are available if booked in advance (ask at the Visitor Centre).
Entry is free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated. School groups are free.
Birds you might see at the Wildlife Centre
This is one of the most famous characters here.
The rare, flightless takahē has bright blue feathers, red bill and sturdy red legs.
This species is still found in the wild but now only in the Murchison Mountains (across the lake from Te Anau).
Find out more about takahē.
Another popular personality, the kea is an alpine parrot well known for its intelligence (and cheekiness!).
Watch for the brilliant colours under their wings when they fly.
Peeking at birds, Te Anau Wildlife Centre
Find out more about kea.
You can also enjoy close up views of these birds:
You can also see ducks and geese in the waterfowl enclosure, including introduced mallard ducks and Canadian geese. Many other free flying birds visit the grounds and enjoy the lakefront setting.
The birds held in aviaries here have either been injured and cannot survive in the wild, or they have been involved in captive rearing programmes. The injured birds are rehabilitated and if possible, released back into the wild when they are strong enough.
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