Te Anau: Points of Interest
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| Visitor Centre and Museum
Situated on the Te Anau Lakefront, the Visitor Centre has many displays on historical and current uses of Fiordland National Park.
There is information on local tracks, walks, maps and up to date weather reports.
A small museum in the Visitor Centre offers visitors a trip back in time. Photographs, displays and exhibits reflect the European and Maori history of the Fiordland area.
An audio visual presentation takes the viewer into the heart of the Fiordland wilderness.
During the summer months, a summer program is also run.
Take a short walk from Te Anau and visit two excellent parks. The Wildlife Park is a 5 minute walk from the Visitor Centre (above) and gives the chance to view some of Fiordland’s most rare and fascinating birds, including the takahe, kea, kaka and tui.
Visit Ivon Wilson Park 10 minutes from the Visitor Centre, a 13 hectare park, surrounding Lake Henry, and offering wonderful views of the Fiordland Mountains.
Take a short walk to the Te Anau Control Gates (the start of the Kepler Track) alongside the edge of Lake Te Anau.
From there, you may consider walking to Doc Bay (1 hour 30 minutes return) or, take a lunch and walk to Brod Bay (3-4 hours return).
All walking is on good well-maintained tracks.
There is also a short 5 minute walk along the fore shore of Lake Te Anau. The walk is paved, and lighted at nighttime, with information on Lake Te Anau.
Underground Trout Observatory
Fiordland’s rainbow and brown trout may be seen and fed in an underground observatory provided by the Rotary Club of Te Anau. Opposite the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre.
Blue Gum Point
There is swimming, water-skiing and a boat harbour at the point. Boat ramp access is also available for public use.
On the water - kayaking, rowboats, paddle boats, canoeing. The town also has an indoor swimming pool.