Upukerora River Walk

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Starting from the Fiordland Visitor Centre, make your way towards the town centre along the track located behind the centre. The track will take you along the lakefront in Te Anau. As you walk, you will have views of the lake itself as well as the Murchison Mountains in the distance.

The first section of the walk is about 30 minutes. At this point, you will reach Bluegum Point, the boat harbour. This section is great for families or for anyone who is looking for a short walk. There is the option to stop and shop as well. 

The complete walk makes its way around the lakefront and further from town for another hour or so – not really worth the extra walk, just go to the lake and turn around. The whole track is excellent if you’re biking it. The track meets the mouth of the Upukerora River as it flows into Lake Te Anau. You can either return the way you came and keep enjoying the views or explore the river further by following it inland. Once you’ve reached the highway, make your way back to town and discover Te Anau town.

This track is also a great running track as it is really flat and the rest of the track after the harbour is less crowded. While you’re in Te Anau, make sure you take a day trip out to Milford Sound. Or take a once in a lifetime scenic flight over Dusky and Doubtful Sounds. which leaves right from the waterfront in Te Anau.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 3 hour walk
        • Distance: 9 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: Return or Loop
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes, at the visitor centre and in town.
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    The track offers views of Lake Te Anau and the Murchison Moutains.

  • Track Quality

    The track is excellent quality, a flat wide gravel track.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Te Anau is a stop on InterCity bus’ itinerary. Te Anau is quite small and most places, including the Visitor Centre, are accessible on foot.

  • Water

    There is drinking water at the visitor centre.

  • Driving Instructions

    The Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre is located on the intersection between Lakefront Dr and the Manapouri-Te Anau highway.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The first 30 minutes of the walk along the lakeshore have plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. Should you choose to return from the river through town instead of along the shore, you will also find shops and restaurants.

  • Area & Track History

    The town of Te Anau was established shortly after the Milford Track opened. It is a commonplace to stop for a few days for tours through Milford Sound and as a stepping stone to the rest of the Fiordland.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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My 3D map of Upukerora River Walk

Here is my 3D map for the Upukerora River Walk showing it’s location with photos and track points. You may notice I didn’t quite walk to the very end at the river mouth. There was just nothing interesting to see. Garry drove to the river and confirmed it wasn’t worth walking all that way too, so he picked me up at the turnoff before the river mouth.

Map of Upukerora River Walk

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