Birds in the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

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Introduction

This is an easy walking track along Te Anau lake edge to the start of the Kepler Track, with picnic, swimming and photo spots.

Track overview

3.5 km one way

Walking and tramping

50 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Follow the path south from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre around the edge of the Lake Te Anau, passing through the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

Enjoy excellent lake and mountain views as the track crosses open land below the golf course.

The Kepler Track carpark is at the lower end of the lake, and marks the start of the Kepler Track, a 3-4 day Great Walk. From the carpark there is a good view of the lake and the Fiordland National Park.

Just past the carpark are the control gates, where there is a view of the lake water flowing into the Waiau River. The control gates regulate water flows between Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri for the West Arm hydroelectric power station.

There is a toilet at the Kepler Track carpark, and another 5 minutes along the track to Dock Bay.

For a longer walk and a taste of the Kepler Track, combine this walk with other tracks starting at the Kepler Track carpark.

Getting there

This walk starts from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre on Lakefront Drive, Te Anau.

Contacts

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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