Te Anau – amazing scenery around every corner

See & Do

There are so many activities to see and do in Te Anau – it is the Gateway to the Fiordland National Park, over 1.25 million hectares of amazing scenery in part of a World Heritage site.

We really could spend more than a day telling you about Te Anau and the surrounds. And we do, on our Fiordland Tours! Leave your car, let us take you on an amazing journey into Milford Sound or a guided walk in the local area. We believe that to see Fiordland at it’s best means doing so in small groups, with personal service. So that is what we provide.

Did You Know?

We can book your local activities on site – at no cost, allowing you to make the full use of our local knowledge and recommendations for your stay.

The picture at the top of this page is of the Murchison Mountains – a protected wilderness area and the place where the flightless Takahe, thought to be extinct, was rediscovered in 1948. This area is well worth discovering too.

Our Top Recommendations for your stay in Te Anau

  • Fiordland Tours

    Of course this is our number 1 choice – it’s also Number 1 on TripAdvisor, for Te Anau Tours and Activities, so you don’t just have to take our word for it! Fully guided small group tours to Milford Sound, and guided half and full day walks in the majestic beauty of Fiordland.

  • Milford Sound

    One of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations, this 16km long fiord is dominated by the sheer 1692m Mitre Peak, which juts from the Sound’s serene waters. Boat trips on Milford Sound are a must, providing close up views of awe inspiring scenery. We can book you on a cruise if you want to make your own way there, just ask when you book or when you arrive for the cruise operators we recommend.

  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves and Aurora Caves

    These massive limestone caverns deep in the Murchison Mountains can be visited by scenic cruise across the lake, taking in waterfalls and an impressive glowworm grotto.

  • The Great Walks

    Fiordland is home to New Zealand’s Great Walks – the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks. Some of these walks book out in advance, but there are still plenty of options whether you want to take half a day, a full day, or multiple days to experience Fiordland’s Great Walks. In Summer, Te Anau is the walking capital of New Zealand!

  • Sample Fiordland’s Delicacies

    Many of the local restaurants offer Fiordland delicacies such as venison and lobster. All fresh and local and prepared by those who have a passion for what they do. We recommend Bailiez, Cafe La Dolce Vita, Fat Duck and La Toscana.

  • Luxmore Jet

    A one hour jet boating scenic tour on the Upper Waiau River which flows between Lake Te Anau and beautiful Lake Manapouri.

Visit Milford Sound with a Small Group Tour

Your hosts also run Fiordland Tours – a small company rated #1 on Tripadvisor for Tours & Activities in Te Anau – offering small group day trips to Milford Sound and guided walks. Let them guide you with their experience and show you their passion for the area. Guests of Birchwood Cottages are offered a discount on their tours.

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