Fiordland Cinema

The Fiordland Cinema and Wine bar has been operating since October 2004.  The Cinema was specially constructed to house regular screenings of the locally filmed movie "Ata Whenua"-Shadowland. 

In addition to the daily screenings of Ata Whenua new main stream movies and art house releases are screened within weekly updated schedules, with all projection from 35mm film for the best image quality.

Enjoy a glass of wine during the movie and indulge in the comfortable surroundings and plush large seats. Order a cheese board to be enjoyed at intermission or stick with the traditional popcorn and ice-cream!

The stylish bar boasts an impressive local wine list and cosy open fire to be enjoyed before and after the movies.

Session times are available online





Fiordland is a well known destination for fishermen of all abilities.  There is a range of fishing opportunities to suit all anglers with lakes and rivers offering good numbers of brown and rainbow trout.  There is water to suit anglers of all abilities and local guides offer the finest knowledge including advice on the best locations and techniques to successfully fish local sites.

The Waiau River is one of the best rivers for fly fishing and is just five minutes walk from Dock Bay Lodge.  We can arrange a guide to take you out for a full day, afternoon or evening fish.

Check out some of our guests getting some fly-fishing practice on the front lawn.



The Te Anau Golf Course is one of New Zealand's best kept secrets.  It is a beautifully groomed 18 hole course with spectacular views of the Fiordland National Park and Lake Te Anau from every hole, and it is situated just 5 kms from the Town Centre and right at the front door of Dock Bay Lodge.

Green fee players are very welcome, there are motorised carts available for hire and these can be delivered to the lodge for your convenience.  Imagine playing ten holes, popping home to the lodge for lunch and then continuing your round of golf - this is the relaxed atmosphere that makes golfing here so special.  There is no waiting for a tee time and the course is nearly always available for your use.

Don't forget we have good quality complimentary golf clubs and trundlers for your use.

We can also offer you a very affordable membership which will give you unlimited access to the golf course plus affiliated benefits in New Zealand and overseas.

Dawn and Mark are both keen golfers and we would love to join you for a round.  We also have complimentary clubs available for your use.  Dawn has played representative golf for Otago, Southland and the South Island teams and is also available for some coaching.

If you would like further information regarding upcoming events at the Te Anau Golf Club do contact the club house manager.

Dick Kent

Waiau Rd,  PO Box 4, TE ANAU
Ph: 03 249 7474
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Boating Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri

We are lucky to have both Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri within twenty minutes drive of each other.  Both lakes are popular for their excellent trout fishing and recreational boating in the summer.

LAKE MANAPOURI is a picturesque lake framed by the spectacular Cathedral Mountains and is the access lake to Doubtful Sound.  Pearl Harbour, adjacent to the Manapouri township, is the gateway to the variety of excursions undertaken on Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound.  Launch trips on Doubtful Sound begin with a launch trip across Lake Manapouri to West Arm, a visit to the West Arm undergound power station, and a bus trip over the majestic Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove.

LAKE TE ANAU is the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in the New Zealand behind Lake Taupo.  It covers an area of 344 kms and the main body of the lake runs north-south and is 65km in length.  Three large fiords form arms to the lake on its western side: North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord and several small islands lie in the entrance to the Middle Fiord.  Several rivers feed the lake and most of the lake is within the Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

Two New Zealand Great Walks start at the lake, the Milford Track starts at the northern tip of the lake and the Kepler Track starts and ends at the south tip of the lake at the Waiau River.  Several species of endangered birds live around the shores of Lake Te Anau, notably the Takahe (Notornis hochstetteri).  An area between the Middle and South Fiords called the Murchison Mountains is a sanctuary set aside for these birds.  The western shore of the lake also features the Te Ana-au Caves, from which the lake gets its name

Because of the near vicinity of the mountains both lakes have natural shelter from wind or inclement weather and there is usually always somewhere sheltered to boat on either of the lakes.


Glow Worm Caves

The Te Ana-au caves are on the western shore of Lake Te Anau in the southwest of New Zealand.

This system of limestone caverns close to the lake shore is home to glowworms.

The unofficial name used by the national caving association is Aurora. Since the caves lie in the Murchison Mountains, where the endangered takahe were rediscovered, a permit for access is required. Commercial guided tours by punt through the water-filled caverns run daily.

Ask Dawn about tours to the Te Ana-au caves.