Te Anau Wildlife Centre

Te Anau Wildlife Centre


13 Rankers Reviews

10 Face-to-Face

20 Te Anau

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Up close and personal in Te Anau


Birds o-rama!

Get up close and personal with some of Fiordland's wildlife. Fiordland is home to a wonderful variety of native birds, whose habitat ranges from the rugged mountain and forest environments to the wild west coast seashore. The centre is open from dawn to dusk and can cater for guided tours by booking with the Department of Conservation, entry is by a gold coin Koha (donation).

There is a pleasant 15 min walk from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre it follows an easy path around the side of the lake, past the yacht club to the Te Anau Wildlife Centre. Free flying birds enjoy the trees planted there and the ducks like the water edge below the boardwalk by the lake.


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DOC Activities

Central government organisation


South IslandFiordlandTe Anau


  • Bird Watching
  • Free


Magdalena's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Really interesting even if you have to look for the birds a little. Runs on donations which is great and hopefully works. Fantastic for children as well because there is so much information!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Ranking: 7/10

It is a beautiful place especially a must for animal lovers!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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S Black


Ranking: 10/10

Don't miss this! The guided tour at 9.30am was fantastic. The takahe are so special and interesting. The morepork owl and kaka are also really interesting. Entry is by donation and for such an important cause (there are only 240 takahe left). Today was a special kaka picnic party as some kaka are being released into the wild. Children foraged with rangers for kaka foods and made kaka toys. They then decorated the cages with their presents. A wonderful, affordable, and informative morning for our children. You won't see kiwi or kakapo as old reviews suggest. Go at 9.30 as they feed the birds then.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Stefes Wencke


Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk along Lake Te Anau (from DOC visitor centre to Wildlife centre), lots to learn.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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damaca's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

peaceful walk to excellently maintained little park, with informative notices. Two takahe were wandering about uncaged, but were shy of being photographed, so we've got a few photos of their backs!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in September 2011

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Rebecca Johnston

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Some native birds etc and a nice easy walk from town. (Gold coin donation).

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Maureen Hardy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Peaceful walk around the lakeside and wildlife park.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Linda Kremer

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Was cool to see all the animals, kids loved it.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Maike's avatar



Ranking: 6/10

Was recommended, but we did not see many of the birds. The ones we saw did not look that happy!

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Samuel Prechel


Ranking: 8/10

Free park advertised to see some Takahe. We saw only 1 far away and only the back. There is a lot of information about NZ birds. Its a free outdoor park worth a visit if you have some time left.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Bruce & Bonnie Childs


Ranking: 7/10

Bit pricey but interesting to see a rare kiwi.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Marcia & Bruce

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Saw Kakapos & Takahe, what more do you want?

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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