Day Trips

Faith in Fiordland

Join Faith in Fiordland for an elegant Lake Te Anau cruise aboard a historic sailing ship while exploring the Fiordland National Park, tasting incredible local cuisine, sipping New Zealand wines, and being guided by an authentic Kiwi crew.

Step back in time, to an era where elegance was common, adventure was the basis of the daily news, and new frontiers captured the heart of nations. We invite you to join us aboard the Faith, a 19.7m motor sailer built from teak, oak and mahogany, moored at the historic wharf in Lake Te Anau, Fiordland. This is one of the last vessels designed by the great Alfred Mylne of Glasgow, built in 1935.

Rakatu Wetlands

Adjacent to the Lower Waiau River, the Rakatu Wetlands are accessible from the Southern Scenic Route (Clifden-Blackmount Road). They are 17km from Manapouri village and 7km downstream of the Manapouri Lake Control Structure.

Rakatu Wetlands is a 278 ha property located on the flood plain of the Lower Waiau River. Fiordland National Park forms the western backdrop to the property.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

Milford Sound has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor)[1][2] and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination.

Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.  If you come to Te Anau you really must take the journey to Milford Sound.


Dock Bay Walk

There is a lovely walk that you can do all the way to Dock Bay.


This is part of the Kepler Track (a Great Walk). For information about all sections of the track, see Kepler Track description.

From the Kepler Track carpark, the Kepler Track follows the lake shore through mountain and red beech forest, with kamahi and some scattered rimu and miro and yellow-flowering kowhai.

After passing an attractive grove of hard tree ferns and crown ferns, Dock Bay appears. Dock Bay is suitable for swimming and has toilet facilities.

Continue across the Coal Creek Bridge and follow the lake shore to Brod Bay, which is a delightful place to swim. Brod Bay has a toilet and campsite area.

Brod Bay is a great place for overnight camping if you want a mini-adventure with the children.

Getting there

This track begins from the Kepler Track carpark, which is at the southern end of Lake Te Anau, about 5 km (6 minutes drive) from Te Anau.

To get there by vehicle or bicycle from the DOC Visitor Centre on Lakefront Drive, follow the Manapouri - Te Anau Highway for about 2 km, turn right onto Golf Course Road for another 1.8 km and the carpark is signposted on the right.

Find out more on the DOC website