New Zealand is multicoloured, dramatic and peaceful at the same time. Immense mountain ranges, deep rainforest, geothermal fields, volcanoes, rolling rivers, wild coast, sand dunes, bird songs, cosmopolitan cities and country centres in the evening seemingly resemble ghost towns.
The Te Anau township sits on the edge of Lake Te Anau and is the gateway to Fiordland National Park, Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Lake Te Anau has the greatest volume of fresh water of all lakes in Australasia.
I was waiting and waiting, it was freezing and I nearly gave up. But at 7am the show started....
Wilderness Reserve is about 21 km east from Te Anau on the main highway to Fiordland
The arms of Lake Te Anau are freshwater fjords. Few people are aware of this hidden paradise of lush rainforest, dramatic mountain ranges, creeks, tarns and waterfalls.
One of the prettiest golf courses in New Zealand. It is a beautifully groomed 18 hole course with spectacular views of Fiordland mountains and Lake Te Anau.
Mount Luxmore is 1,472 metres high. Above the bushline is Luxmore Hut, part of the famous Kepler Track. It is easily accessible from the nearby town of Te Anau.
Local knowledgeable guide of TAKITIMU TIKI TOURS is introducing Lake Te Anau and surrounding mountains of Fiordland.
Peter Jackson's flying Nazgûl background shots were filmed above the Kepler Mire, a massive string bog nearby beautiful Lake Manapouri. Great helicopter flight showing Lord of the Rings locations.
Are you looking for a picture postcard scene of green fields of sheep with mountains in the distance? In this regard, Te Anau basin is more traditional than any other part of New Zealand.
You don't need to rush to Milford or Doubtful Sound to capture a special moment. This photo was taken from the roadside just a few kilometers north of Te Anau.
Typical evening view from Te Anau lakefront towards Mt Titiroa. The float plane is a popular photographic prop :-)
Lovely display of flowering rata and manuka. I captured this unusual combination on Pomona Island on Lake Manapouri.
Majestic Waiau River, you can catch some of the best rainbow trout New Zealand has to offer. No experience? Never mind, professionals will help you. Feel excitement of a fighting fish on your line.
Evening twilight is often spectacular. This is one of my favourite views of Te Anau township with snow covered Mt Titiroa and Hunter Mountains behind.
Tawa (chick) and Tumbles in Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Takahe - one of the rarest birds in the world. The original wild population lives in the Murchison Mountains, just across the lake.
Romantic evening cruise on Lake Manapouri can be unforgettable experience. Enjoy tranquility of the place, anchor in a bay and listen bird songs.
South West Arm of Middle Fiord (which is an arm of Lake Te Anau). A birds eye view is pretty essential to properly experience the glorious landscape of Te Anau basin and the surrounding mountains.
Te Anau residents and visitors can enjoy beautiful beech forest of Kepler Mountains which is only a few minutes drive from the township.
Te Anau lakefront is a peaceful place to sit down and relax, quite often treating you to a colourful evening sky.
Lake Te Anau has the greatest fresh water volume in Australasia and there is superb trout fishing here too. Because the lake is so huge everybody can find their own private spot.
Luxmore Hut is part of the famous Kepler Track. If you don't have time to accomplish the whole track, you can still walk up to Mt Luxmore in one day or fly to the top in a helicopter.
On the shore of Lake Manapouri is a small, peaceful township with a beautiful beach, a restaurant, cafe, shop and a harbour with cruise boats, all with million dollar views across the lake.
I can't get enough of watching sunsets over Lake Manapouri. The last sunbeams, the evening birdsong, the silhouette of islands and mountains....utter tranquility.
Te Anau Yacht Club wharf is very popular with photographers. If you would like to be dressed in style contact the Fiordland Players Theatre Group. You might be able to hire a special costume.
View of Lake Manapouri from the slope of Mt Titiroa. This tramp rewards you with jaw dropping views. If you are an inexperienced tramper, Bush Bash will guide you safely.
Tui are frequent visitors in Te Anau, with many living in our gardens. I can listen to their beautiful singing every day. They love nectar from the golden flowers of the kowhai tree (which is a national emblem).
One of the best ways to enjoy Fiordland is a water activity. Often it is the only way how to experience beautiful scenery. Perhaps try packrafting with Expedition X.
Mt Titiroa is a mystic mountain with amazing panoramic views. The easiest way to get there is to fly there from Manapouri Airport, or it is beautiful 3 or 4 day tramping trip.
Te Anau is ideal for recreation, for relaxing and enjoying the stunning scenery. What about having a nice loop walk along the lake, to the Wildlife Centre and back via Ivon Wilson Park? Or you can run :-)
Fiordland forest is full of details, miniature gardens on tree branches, on rocks and on the ground. They create a real "goblin forest" atmosphere and spark your imagination.
Evening view of Mt Titiroa and the Mararoa River. This photo was taken near the Te Anau - Mossburn Highway - a perfect spot to watch the sunset - if you happen to be there at the right time.
Waiau River with Pearl Harbour. Manapouri township and lake with its many islands and magnificent mountainous landscape.
It is a nice walk to the Hidden Lakes. They are accessible only from the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau. You can enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Te Anau which includes this walk.
Lake Te Anau at sunset viewed from the end of Boyd Creek Track. To enjoy such a sunset you have to carry your own tent - or sleep under the stars.
It was a lovely April evening and I had been swimming in the lake, enjoying the last warm autumn days. That's Pomona Island in the centre of the picture.
Takahe - an iconic bird to Te Anau & New Zealand - one the world's rarest birds. Takahe were believed to be extinct until famously rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains in 1948.
Lake Te Anau at dusk. There are never two identical skies except when it is only "boring" clear blue sky :-)
Lake Manapouri and a Real Journeys cruise boat with tourists on their way to the main attraction: Doubtful Sound. However the cruise across Lake Manapouri is equally beautiful, a big part of the Fiordland experience.
The creativity of mother nature - stones and icicles on top of Mt Titiroa.
Helipad on Te Anau lakefront. It is only short flight to get to the mountain tops and experience true wilderness.
How about a lovely one day trip from Te Anau to the Clinton River valley - the first leg of famous Milford Track. Enjoy the scenic cruise from Te Anau Downs and the enchanting Fiordland scenery.
A rare patch of remaining scrubland, unique to this area, which was characteristic of the Te Anau basin between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago after the last ice age and before humans modified the landscape.
Approaching the summit of Mt Titiroa with 360°panoramic views including Lake Manapouri and the Fiordland mountain ranges.
View of Ivon Wilson Park with Lake Henry and Te Anau township. Mt Luxmore is on the left, part of the Kepler and Murchison Mountains (home of takahe) on the right.
Lake Henry in Ivon Wilson Park is an oasis of tranquility. You can walk there directly from the Wildlife Centre.
A kaka in the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Join DOC rangers as they feed the takahe and kaka every morning.
View of the northern end of Lake Te Anau from Te Anau township. The distance is 56km. Such a clear view can usually be enjoyed throughout the winter.
Jackson Peaks, a great spot for a wedding photo. The ridge lies in the middle of lakes Manapouri and Te Anau and has amazing panoramic views.
Frasers Beach, Lake Manapouri, early in the morning.
In 1988, the Te Anau community was looking for a way to commemorate the centenary of the re-discovery of Milford Track by Quinton MacKinnon. Funds were raised and this statue erected to honour him.
Lake Manapouri from the slope of Mt Titiroa.
There are several options for a scenic flight over Fiordland. Slow flying in vintage biplane De Havilland Dominie you can better enjoy the first class views!
Lake Manapouri is the most beautiful lake of New Zealand. Among the many islands you can find this hidden passage as well. Some boat cruises can get you there.
Luxmore Jet on Waiau River can take you to a Lord of the Rings filming location and also to Lake Manapouri.
Above Lake Te Anau you can see quite often remarkable red sky sunsets and sunrises as well. Just have a walk along the township lakefront.
View from the top of Jackson Peaks (Kepler Mountains) towards Lake Manapouri. This part of the mountains is only for very experienced trampers in really good weather.
Kepler Water Taxi is waiting for one day trip walkers who climed up to Mt Luxmore in Brod Bay of Lake Te Anau to take them back to the township.
Sunset over Iris Burn Valley from the top of Jackson Peaks (Kepler Mountains).
Evening view of Lake Manapouri and surrounding mountains
Around Te Anau and Manapouri are several deer farms. This view is of distant West Dome from Ramparts Road. On this road is also great viewpoint over Lake Te Anau.
View of Mt Titiroa from Eglinton River estuary to Lake Te Anau nearby Te Anau Downs. Remarkable visibility - the mountain in the distance over 60km.
Watching sunrise from Mt Titiroa is another memorable experience. We were camping above tree line before we accomplished our final leg to the top of the mountain. You can climb there with Bush Bash.
Spring time in Te Anau is simply magic. Flowering kowhai trees are attracting tui and belbirds, gardens are colourful. And snow is still sitting on surrounding mountains.
Waiau River between lakes Te Anau and Manapouri is meandering like a snake. In the distance is Lake Manapouri.
Lake Manapouri with Hope Arm (on the left) from a scenic flight in our biplane Dominie.
Murchison Mountains is home to the only surviving wild population of takahē. View of Lake Te Anau and Takitimu Mountains. Photo taken while checking stoat trap lines as a volunteer.
Evening twilight is sometimes amazing scenic spectacle. This is great one day or overnight tramping trip to Mt Luxmore Hut or you can accomplish the whole Kepler Track.