Te Anau Walks Guide

Find out why our Te Anau walks are so special. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around Te Anau © Freewalks.nz

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Here’s our pick of the best walks & hiking tracks in Te Anau

There are some excellent short walks in and around Te Anau plus some decent all day walks and hikes too. You’ll find a list of all our walks & hiking tracks below. Walks are listed randomly and include all the info you’ll need. There’s track highlights, history, track quality, elevation, length, time needed and a personal run down on what we think about the walk. The lake front in Te Anau is the best place to start a lot of the walks.



The great Kepler Track starts in Te Anau

You can either walk to the start of the Kepler Great Walk track or drive there. If you are taking car, there is a large car park just by the control gates. Or you could try Tracknet who run services to the start of the track. Once you’re at the start of the walk, you can go in two directions, south or north. This is because the Kepler is a circular walk starting and ending at the control gates.

List of all walks in Te Anau

Brod Bay Walk with lush green forest of red beech trees on the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park near Te Anau, New Zealand Freewalks.nz South IslandSouthland Region

Brod Bay Walk – Kepler Track

5.6 km • 3 hours • Easy

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Control Gates to Rainbow Reach Walk – Kepler Track

9.5 km • 2.5 hours • Medium

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Dock Bay walk with a dusting of snow on the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park near Te Anau, New Zealand Freewalks.nz South IslandSouthland Region

Dock Bay Walk – Kepler Track

4 km • 1 hour • Easy

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Stunning Lake Mistletoe in the Mt Cook region - Freewalks.nz South IslandSouthland Region

Lake Mistletoe Track

1.3 km • 45 minutes • Very easy

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Stunning views from Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park near Te Anau, New Zealand Freewalks.nz South IslandSouthland Region

Luxmore Hut Walk – Kepler Track

14.1 km • 8-10 hours • Medium

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Mirror Lakes Walk near Te Anau South IslandSouthland Region

Mirror Lakes Walk

400 m • 10 minutes • Very easy

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Lake and Mountain views at the Moturau Hut on the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park near Te Anau, New Zealand. in Te Anau - Freewalks.nz South IslandSouthland Region

Rainbow Reach to Moturau Hut – Kepler Track

6 km • 3.5 hours • Medium

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Excellent track on the Kepler Track in Te Anau - Freewalks.nz South IslandSouthland Region

Rainbow Reach to Shallow Bay Hut – Kepler Track

6 km • 3.5 hours • Medium

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The Wilderness Lookout Walk South IslandSouthland Region

The Wilderness Lookout Walk

300 m • 5 minutes • Very easy

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Visitor centre to Upukerora River Walk in Te Anau South IslandSouthland Region

Upukerora River Walk

9 km • 3 hours • Easy

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Visitor Centre to Control Gates – Start of the Kepler Track

4 km • 50 minutes • Easy

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Visitor Centre to Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

0.5 km • 15 minutes • Very easy

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