Within the Te Anau area the department looks after 90% of the land area predominently Fiordland National Park and its conservation areas to the east of the Te Anau township. Most of the land is managed at the remote end of the spectrum. The Te Anau area is a popular spot for many Southlanders and is a holiday mecca for almost half a million people who visit Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park annually.
Encompassing mountain, lake, fiord and rainforest environments, Fiordland National Park is New Zealand's largest national park at an impressive 1.2 million hectares. It is home to several threatened native animals, a marine environment as unique as its land areas and some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery. The Te Anau Area staff look after an area that is rich in history and considered by many as the birth place of conservation work in New Zealand. Richard Henry was the first ranger. Appointed in 1894, he carried out pioneering work with threatened species, transferring kākāpō and kiwi to islands in Dusky Sound.
The area is also home to three Great Walks, the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapōuri, the physical grandeur of Doubtful Sound and the breathtaking waterfalls of Milford as well as Mavora Lakes Park a popular camping and recreation area during summer. For those interested in native birds there is the department's Te Anau Wildlife Centre. Set on the shores of Lake Te Anau just 10 minutes walk from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, it is the ideal setting to learn about some of Fiordland's wildlife. It is a small but passionate community which exists in Te Anau. A lot of this passion is directed towards conservation projects such as island restoration and pest free areas. Te Anau is a good example of where conservation is happening because people are making it happen.
Te Anau Area Office
Phone: +64 3 249 0200
Fax: +64 3 249 0257
Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Te Anau 9600
PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640