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.
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.