Te Anau Activities

Location & Distances

The Parklands Motel complex overlooks the Te Anau Memorial Gardens and you can walk through this to the town centre (5-10mins – 300m) for supermarkets, restaurants and shopping. 150m walk to the Fiordland Community Events Centre, 300m walk to the Fiordland Medical Centre, 400m from the lake.


The Parklands Motel is the following distance by road from these locations:

  • Manapouri – 21km (Doubtful Sound Cruise Departures)
  • Lumsden – 80km
  • Milford Sound – 120km (allow at least 2 hours for this challenging, narrow, winding road)
  • Gore – 150km
  • Invercargill – 158km
  • Queenstown – 180km
  • Arrowtown – 179km
  • Dunedin – 300km

Te Anau Activities

There is so much to do in Te Anau! The motel is just 400m from the lake and a 300m walk through the Te Anau Memorial Gardens to the town centre. There are day trips to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, glowworm cave trips, with pick-up from the motel for most trips. There is also cruising on Lake Te Anau, day walks, an 18-hole golf course, horse treks, quad bike tours, scenic flights, fishing, mini golf, vintage machinery museum, bike hire, full bore (shooting and driving simulator) and an indoor community market (usually held on the last Saturday of the month). Most activites can be booked at the Motel free for your convenience


Milford Sound

Join our family owned business, Trips and Tramps, with over 30 years experience guiding small groups to Milford Sound, and on our world-class Great Walks.  Let us help you explore your backyard.


Rental Car Hire

Arriving by bus and you wish to rent a car? Car rental and pick-up is available from our motel.

Parkland image Gallery

Doubtful Sound

Wilderness cruise across Lake Manapouri and on Doubtful Sound


Wild Rides

Wild Rides offers adventurers and explorers of every skill level the chance to witness the power of nature at your own pace and comfort level, with guided 4WD tours and mountain bike hire.


Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Visit the underground glowworm grotto with Real Journeys.


Horse Treks & Quad Bike Tours

Go horse trekking and quad bike riding on the trails of Te Anau with Westray Adventures. Ride over farmland and be greeted by other friendly horses and farm animals.


Lake Te Anau Discovery Cruise

Join Cruise Te Anau for a boutique 3 hour Discovery Cruise to the beautiful & tranquil South Fiord of Lake Te Anau where you will view spectacular mountains and breathtaking scenery.


Bike Fiordland

Bike Fiordland is a wilderness adventure company based in Te Anau, in Southland’s Fiordland National Park, with the aim of sharing adventure and fun as far and wide as possible.



Combine fishing and jet boating in the Fiordland wilderness for the ultimate Kiwi adventure. Incredible fun for friends, couples and families, no fishing experience required.


Jet Boating

Luxmore Jet operates scenic jetboat tours on the Upper Waiau River which flows between Lake Te Anau and beautiful Lake Manapouri. The tour includes 3 actual Lord of the Rings Trilogy film locations.


Community Market

Te Anau has a lovely community indoor market, held in the Te Anau Community Events Centre. It is held generally on the last Saturday of the month, with greater frequency in peak summer months, although it closes in the winter.


Day Walks

Trips & Tramps has 20 years experience guiding small groups through Fiordland. Their guides are friendly and down-to-earth, you'll love their fascinating commentary and entertaining Kiwi stories.


Scenic flights

Wings and water is locally owned and operated in Te Anau, providing spectacular scenic flights to the Fiordland National Park, and the "Eighth Wonder of the World," Milford Sound.


Helicopter Flights

Whether you are seeking a unique scenic flight over breathtaking scenery to some of the most remote locations in New Zealand or planning to charter a helicopter for a hunting or fishing expedition, Southern Lakes Helicopters can help you.


Mini Golf/Bike Hire

Visit Te Anau's only 18-hole mini golf course, opening on to Lions Park playground. Or cruise the streets of Te Anau on a Quadricycle or Spider Bike – great fun for the whole family!



Photos on this website have been provided by Chris Watson. Pictures from Fiordland are available printed on canvas.

About Us

Shona and Gary welcome you to our motel in Te Anau. We are happy to help you with information for trips, walks and any tour bookings. We offer 20 clean and comfortable units, suitable for 1 to 4 persons.

Contact Information

Location: 16 Mokoroa Street, Te Anau, New Zealand
Call: +64 3 249 7240
Call: 800 PARKLAND (727 552)
Email: info@parklandsmotel.nz
Office Hours: 8am to 8pm