Last Updated: 14th May 2024


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Te Anau Foreshore Trail

Te Anau, Southland

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Last Updated: 14th May 2024


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.5%


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This is a nice cruisy run to connect you to the Kepler track from Te Anau township, and in itself is a pleasant lakeside trail run. The trail starts from Fiordland National Park DOC Visitor centre and is obvious as it follows the lakefront all the way around to the Control Gates. Be sure to pop into the bird sanctuary part way round and visit the Takahe, Kaka and other wonderful birds that are in residence. When you hit the control gates, turn around and retrace your steps.

Lake Te Anau - largest South Island Lake Fiordland National Park Waiau River Control Gates

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Plenty of parking on road or by DOC.

1 km

2 minutes




Well marked and signed

Generally good.

Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

You can fill up at DOC

Its Southland- the seasons are wildly different!

None of note

The Moose
Te Anau township

Redcliffs Cafe
Mokoroa Street
Great craft beer and even better food

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