Native Bird Park. Nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the bird sanctuary is home to many of NZ’s rare native bird species. The cycle trail goes straight through the bird park, so you can’t miss it. Definitely worth a look on your way through.
Waiau River Control Gates. This is a great spot on a clear day to see all the way up to the head of Lake Te Anau, looking back towards the township. One of the best photo spots on the lakefront. Not long after passing the control gates, you will get to a very short section on a quiet sealed access road. If you continue 100m past where the cycle trail continues through the forest, you will find signs pointing you to one of our local favourite lookout spots with epic views all the way back up to the head of Lake Te Anau.
Queens Reach. This was one of the first sealed roads in Southland. It was built for Queen Elizabeth on one of her visits to NZ so she could go trout fishing in the Waiau River. Unfortunately she became mildly ill and could not go fishing while she was here.
Rainbow Reach swing bridge. A beautiful old swing bridge built to access the start or finish of the Kepler Great Walk. A spectacular section of river that is worth having a look. Note that bikes are not permitted across the river on the Kepler Track.
Manapouri township. There are a few nice spots to explore while in Manapouri. Be sure to check out Pearl Harbour at the mouth of the Lower Waiau River.
Stop for lunch at The Church, an old church building beautifully converted in to an old restaurant and bar. Yummy food and great coffee. Be sure to call ahead to book a table if you plan on having lunch here.
This is also our main pick up spot for bike transfers heading back to Manapouri.