Fiordland, Walks & Parks

  • Te Anau Lakefront Walk - Control Gates

    A beautiful lakeside walk that takes you to the Lake te Anau Control Gates and the start of the famous Kepler Track. You walk past the Visitor Information Centre and through the grounds of Te Anau Wildlife Centre - this is the ideal setting to learn about some of Fiordland's wildlife. The centre offers the chance to see NZ native birds including the colourful and rare flightless Takahe. There is no entry fee but donations are appreciated. The path continues alongside the lake and is completely flat.

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    • Location: Te Anau - from towncentre lakefront, head to the left, keeping Lake Te Anau on your right.
  • Routeburn Track - Key Summit

    Key Summit off the Routeburn Track makes for a great walk on a clear day. Start off on the Routeburn Track on the road to Milford Sound. The track will split and a signpost will point you up to Key Summit which offers incredible views over the Humboldt and Darran Mountains. Allow for 3 hours return.

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    • Location: The Divide
      Te Anau-Milford Hwy
      Fiordland National Park 9679
  • The Chasm

    A quick stretch your legs walk on the way to Milford Sound. A 15 minute return walk over the Cleddau River offer dramatic views of a series of powerful waterfalls.

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    • Location: State Highway 94, Fiordland National Park 9679
  • Mavora Lakes Park

    Beautiful lakes, open tussock, grasslands, and beech forest make this a very popular destination in the summer. Many activities are available here including fishing, hiking, biking, or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. There are options to hike longer distances along the Mavora - Greenstone Walkway, to the Kiwi Burn hut or just a short loop around South Mavora Lake.

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    • Location: 3532 Mavora Lakes Rd, Mavora 9672
  • Piopiotahi Foreshore Walk - Milford Sound

    This easy loop from the main visitor car park at Milford Sound offers some of the best views of Mitre Peak. Enjoy a break at the cafe and watch the boats launch into the sound. Don't forget your sandfly repellent!

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    • Location: Milford Sound Hwy, Milford Sound 9679
  • Ivon Wilson Park - Te Anau

    An attractively landscaped 35 hectare park. Lots of easy walking and bike trails, picnic / bbq spots and toilets. In the centre is Lake Henry - this small lake has a stock of brown trout and has been developed as a children's fishery.

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    • Location: Te Anau - Manapouri Highway, well signed on the left, just opposite the Wildlife Centre
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Our favourite destinations…


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.