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Te Anau Foreshore Trail, Southland

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Te Anau Foreshore TrailBeginner

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Te Anau

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    Start at the Quintin MacKinnon statue by the DOC Visitor Centre.

    Plenty of parking on road or by DOC.

    1 km

    2 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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

  • Post run indulgence

    The Moose
    Te Anau township

    Redcliffs Cafe
    Mokoroa Street
    Great craft beer and even better food

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