Kākā juveniles at the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

Image: Anja Kohler | DOC


Enjoy an easy walk along the lakeside in Te Anau that takes you to the bird sanctuary where you can see the rare, flightless takahē, kākā and other birds.

Track overview

1 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

10 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre follow the easy path around the side of the lake, past the yacht club to Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

The Bird Sanctuary is open from dawn until dusk and entry is by a gold coin donation. The aviaries and pens that house the birds are set in beautiful grounds with views of the lake. Free flying birds enjoy the trees planted there and the ducks like the water edge below the boardwalk by the lake.

Enjoy the beautiful water on a hot day - go for a splash or a swim.

Getting there

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


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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