This walk is perfect for anyone who is interested in an easy afternoon stroll. While the town of Te Anau is charming and quite small, it is nonetheless lovely to get away from it for a few hours to spend some time in nature. After the yacht club, the remainder of the track takes you through a small forest. The forest will open onto the Bird Sanctuary briefly then the vegetation is a mix of small bushes with lake views.
The track takes in views of several mountain ranges, from the Jackson Peaks and Kepler Mountains and then later, if you know where to look, the Earl Mountains. But even if you can’t tell the mountains apart, there’s no doubt that they’re quite an unforgettable sight.
As you follow the track and the shore, you will arrive at the Control Gates which, as the name suggests, control the flow of water between Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri. These gates are also the start of the Kepler Track.
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.
The control gates are a bridge over the Waiau River which is the start of the Kepler Track walk. The control gates regulate water flows between lakes Te Anau and Manapouri for the West Arm hydroelectric power station in Lake Manapouri. Once you are over the control gates you enter Fiordland National Park.