The Year Flies By

I cannot believe it is November already, where has the year gone ??.

Over the south end of Lake Te Anau, Dock Bay Lodge highlighted in red

Over the south end of Lake Te Anau, Dock Bay Lodge highlighted in red

Te Anau in the News

As you may know Te Anau has been in the news lately for a number of reasons, first we fought off a private venture company who wanted to put a tunnel through the mountain from Glenorchy to Milford Sound so that Queenstown could monopolize the tourists and trick them in to thinking there is no reason to come to Te Anau, and now we have another private venture wanting to build a monorail from Mt Nicholas to Te Anau Downs which would also bypass Te Anau.  For a small town it is no mean feat defending what we have but we have certainly held strong in letting our country leaders know our feelings on this idea as well and we will find out their decision by the end of the year.

Haast to Hollyford and Te Anau

As well, there is a proposal to build a continuance of road from the Haast down through the Hollyford Valley to link up with the Milford Road.  The proposed route, through national park land, follows a paper road that was originally surveyed in the 1880’s and work was to start about the same time as the Homer Tunnel but this project came to a halt with the outbreak of WW2.  In the meantime some of the paperwork for this road has mysteriously disappeared which is making it very difficult to progress with the new plan.  This road is seen by the majority of locals as an absolute must for the future of our town.

Exciting new things to do around Te Anau

In the meantime we have some new operators starting up some activities for the tourists which I hope will be well supported.

Dominie Flights    

Dominie DH 89, a piece of history

Dominie DH 89, a piece of history

Yesterday Mark and I were lucky enough to be invited  by Adam Butcher from Airscapade Affairs to go for a flight in the 1943 De Havilland DH89 Dominie plane that they have brought to Te Anau to offer scenic flights over the Te Anau basin.  It was an amazing experience and one that I truly recommend doing.

Back Country Hiking

We also have a new company called BushBash who are taking people on off the track walks and experiences around Fiordland.

Looking north towards Lakes Manapouri, with Te Anau beyond

Looking north towards Lakes Manapouri, and Te Anau beyond

Why do you climb mountains ????... because they are there

Why do you climb mountains ????… because they are there

Amazing mountains and scenery

Amazing mountains and scenery


The catch !!!

The catch !!!

FishJet are offering full day or afternoon fishing trips on the Waiau river, they supply all the gear and the knowledge plus scrumptious food and you can be sure there will be fish to catch.

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Fishing the mighty Waiau River

Fishing the mighty Waiau River

And lots of other activities beside  ………

Of course there are many other operators in Te Anau waiting to deliver our visitors the experience of a lifetime and the regular comment from our guests is “we wish we were here for longer”, and of course we wish they were too. Follow this link for some ideas

Sails Ashore

…. Dawn & Mark, Dock Bay Lodge
192 William Stewart Road,
Te Anau,

64 3 249 7709