Te Anau Cycle Trails

 

Ivon Wilson Park, a 35 ha reserve planted with native trees, is located opposite the Bird Park on Te Anau’s lakefront and features an 8 km single track circuit with easy/medium and technical sections, some of which are suitable for families.

 

 

The Upukerora River Track follows Te Anau's lakefront to the 'UPark' and offers beautiful views across lake Te Anau to the Murchison Mountains and Fiordland National Park. From the mouth of the river you can either loop back via roads or return via the same lakefront route. Approximately 8.5km return and suitable for the whole family.

 

 

Te Anau’s newest trail, the Lake2Lake Cycle Trail runs alongside Lake Te Anau and the East side of the Waiau River towards Lake Manapouri.  When completed, the total length to Manapouri will be 28km. The first 19km from Te Anau to Balloon Loop and last 4.7km from Manapouri to Supply Bay Road is now open. The trail is mostly 2.2-2.5m wide and is rated “Grade 2 Easy”. 

The trail can be used in both directions or people can make a loop by returning on Golf Course Road or Te Anau-Manapouri Highway.
A 41km loop can be created up Mt York Road and along Ramparts Road, past the lookout, returning to town via Te Anau-Mossburn Highway.

The trail begins at the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre and heads along Lake Te Anau to the Control Gates at the start of the Waiau River, a stretch of 4km.  The Control Gates are the entry to Fiordland National Park and the Kepler Track. This section offers magnificent vistas over Lake Te Anau to the Fiordland mountains, has several rest areas and is well away from any road. This ride is great for the whole family. This section travels via Te Anau’s Bird Park and could also include a stop at the Trout Observatory and Ivon Wilson Park.  

Leg 2 travels 6.4km along the upper Waiau River from the Control Gates to Queens Reach, a popular access point to the Waiau River.

Leg 3 continues another 6.4km from Queens Reach to Rainbow Reach car park.

Leg 4 continues along the Waiau River to Balloon Loop Road providing another vehicle access point to the trail or return loop option for cyclists.  It is 2km.  

Leg 5 is awaiting approval from the Department of Conservation for construction.  Currently users have to ride along the Te Anau-Manapouri Highway for approximately 4km.

Leg 6 is 4.7 km between Supply Bay Road and Manapouri, giving views over Lake Manapouri to its many islands and mountains beyond. 

Transport via shuttle or jetboat is available to the Lake2Lake trail head - please enquire