Te Anau Highlights & Lord of the Rings Small Group Tour from Te Anau

See the hidden gems and famous Lord of The Rings sights surrounding Te Anau and experience the best Te Anau has to offer with optional extra activities. The ultimate way to experience stunning Te Anau.

• Mavora Lakes
• Lord of the Rings sites including - Dead Marshes, Fangorn Forest & The River Anduin
• Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
• Fiordland National Park, Rainbow Reach, Kepler Track & Waiau River

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it’s our small groups, guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.

Our tours are led by our passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • What's included :
    • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Lunch
    • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    Your tour starts as we pick you up from your hotel and head to one of our favourite spots for great photos of Lake Te Anau. During your journey and throughout the day our guides will share stories, history and interesting facts of the area with you, setting the scene for the day.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600 New Zealand

    Once you have that perfect shot from the lake we will continue to the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary for a guided tour and to see some of the rarest birds in the country including the Takahe and Kaka. You will learn about these animals and the local environment while exploring this Te Anau asset.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: The Kepler Mire (String Bog), Manapouri 9679, New Zealand

    Our journey continues to our first famous Lord of the Rings attraction, a viewpoint looking over The Dead Marshes from an elevated position. From here you can see where Frodo and Sam waded their way through the mud trying to get to Mordor. We will tell you the stories and let your imagination do the rest.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rainbow Reach Road, Manapouri 9679, New Zealand

    Moving on we visit a sight loved by hikers, Lord of the Rings fans and locals alike, Rainbow Reach. A cable bridge over the stunning Waiau River (known as The River Anduin in LOTR) leads us to the start of the Kepler Track and one of the beautiful forests of Fiordland National Park. You will hear some of the LOTR stories as well as learn about the amazing biodiversity we have in the park.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Waiau River, Southland, New Zealand

    Cross the stunning Waiau River - The River Anduin in Lord of the Rings

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Kepler Track, Golf Course Road Eastern Fiordland, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    See the start of the Kepler track and learn all about the amazing bio diversity of the National Park.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Lake Manapouri, New Zealand

    We follow the river from Rainbow Reach to one of New Zealand’s most famous lakes, Lake Manapouri. The gateway to Doubtful Sound, we will spend some time exploring the shores of this crystal-clear lake and hear about its history including the construction of the Manapouri hydro dam, the largest in the country. Once we have had a look around it is a good time for a quick break at one of the local coffee shops.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Mavora Lakes Park, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    Departing Manapouri we make our way to one of the most famous LOTR sights and hidden gem of the Mavora Lakes region. Here you will find amazing landscapes but also several famous LOTR filming locations including: two locations of Orc battles, where Pippin & Merry enter Fangorn Forest to escape the Orcs and where Frodo and Sam leave the Fellowship and cross the lake. This spot is paradise for nature lovers and LOTR fans alike so while here you will enjoy some free time to explore, eat lunch (additional extra or self-supplied) or maybe use some of our props and recreate some of the movie scenes.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island

    Sadly the highlights section of your tour is coming to an end as we make our way back to the Te Anau township but your adventure should not finish there. Why not add one of the amazing Te Anau activities as an additional optional extra to complete your day.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    94 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children aged 7 years and below are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours’ notice).
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
    • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.



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Organised by Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Activity ID: V-56760P37

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