Fiordland Trails Trust

"Creating a buzzing outdoor recreational scene around Te Anau & Manapouri."


Formed in September 2007, The Fiordland Trails Trust was established to enable the provision of a high quality interconnected network of trails in and around Fiordland for non-motorised recreational activity.

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Lake2Lake Trail – Te Anau to Manapouri

The Lake2Lake trail runs alongside Lake Te Anau and the East side of the Waiau river towards Lake Manapouri.

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 for walkers, runners, cyclists and any other non-motorised transport (e-bikes welcome).

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 the 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 the Te Anau-Mossburn Highway.

Other Trails in the Area

The Trust has their own strategy which incorporates a recent study of the cycling opportunities in Fiordland, along with a broader list of projects that we hope to undertake in the coming years.
The current priority for the Trust is the Te Anau – Manapouri Lake2Lake Trail.

Visitor Centre to Ivon Wilson Recreation Reserve Walk

Easy walk and Bike Track

This is an easy walk to a pretty urban park in a peaceful setting, with a fishing lake for children and a mountain biking track.

Fiordland Trails Trust – Lake2Lake 


Cycle Track

The Lake2Lake trail runs alongside Lake Te Anau and the East side of the Waiau river towards Lake Manapouri.  

Te Anau to Te Anau Downs

This is our next project 

Still very much in the conception stage, and in the process of applying for grants


Perenuka Mountain Bike Park

Mountain Biking Trails

Just 6km from Te Anau town centre on the corner of Sinclair Road there is a growing single track playground for mountain bikers.

Lake Monowai/Borland Road area

Mountain Bike Trail

If you like to get out there into the wilds, away from the crowds but still amongst stunning Fiordland scenery, then this area has lots of spots for you. 

Hollyford Valley

Mountain Bike Gravel Road

The gravel road from the Hollyford Road turnoff to the road end (16 km) is a very scenic road following the Hollyford River. 

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Have you noticed a new seat along the Lake2Lake Trail? It's at the Control Gates and has been placed there in memory of the late James 'Jim' Muir, who went missing in Lake Te Anau in 1957.

Have a read of the story below to find out more 👇

A lasting memorial to a former Waikaka man now sits along the Lake2Lake trail, overlooking the very spot he where was presumed drowned in Lake Te Anau in 1957.

James ‘Jim’ Muir was one of two men who were involved in a boating accident near Blue Gum Point in 1957. The body of the other man, Alexander Dickson, was found some days after the accident, however Mr Muir was never found.

While his name features on a memorial board at Te Anau's Lynwood Cemetery, now, a timber seat memorialises him, sitting nearby the Waiau River Control Gates, overlooking Blue Gum Point.

Newspaper clippings at the time say the pair went out in a dinghy and were rowing out to moor a launch about 200 yards from the edge of the lake, at about 8.45pm on the Saturday evening. They never returned. The dinghy was found near the control gates, while Mr Dickson’s body was recovered some days later. Mr Muir, just 28 at the time, was never found.

When his son, Ashley MacGregor – who was just 13 months old at the time of his father’s passing – saw an opportunity to have a seat built in his father’s memory, he felt it was the ideal chance to recognise his late father.

“I like the Te Anau area, and when the (opportunity of) the seat came up, it was as if it was supposed to be. Dad has never had a headstone, so the seat is recognition for him.”

Mr MacGregor and family members visited Te Anau recently and saw the seat, which they felt was in the ideal position.

The seats are an initiative of the Fiordland Trails Trust, who develop and maintain the Lake2Lake multi-use trail from Te Anau to Manapouri. The Trust builds and installs the seats, including the plaques, as a fundraiser, but also as an opportunity for people, like Mr MacGregor, to create something special and lasting along the trail.
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Thank you Bob for organising this for me. Such a special place. I now hope that others will see this and do the same.

We have a great team that volunteer to build and install these seats

Another great site for a seat bob well done team

Set your goal, reach the finish line and celebrate with your friends in Te Anau when you race the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon! 🏃

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Penny Freeborn nice wee feature there ❤️

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Cressida McConachie

Can’t wait!!

Karyn Daly you could do this one also

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The beauty of Fiordland Trails! Enjoy this site and more while running in the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon. 😍

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The beauty of Fiordland Trails! Enjoy this site and more while running in the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon. 😍

Its been a week since entries opened and we are already 30% sold...Have you entered yet?
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Plan Your Trip

38-40 Town Centre, Te Anau
Ph: +64 3 2498195

Outside Sport Bike Hire

Our team will kit you out with a hire bike to suit and set you on the way with all you need and some valuable local advise.

FREE with all rentals – Helmet, bike pump, spares kit
In-house workshop – we service our bikes after every rental

68 Town Centre, Te Anau

Wild Rides Te Anau

Wild Rides is Te Anau’s local bike shop. Our entire rental fleet is updated every year.

Wild Rides has a little something to suit everyone.

Ebikes, front suspension, kids bikes, kids trailers and much more.

Cnr Oraka St & Milford Highway,
Te Anau, 
Phone +64 21 197 4555

Fiordland Outdoors Company

Providing a cycle Trail Bike Taxi on the Lake2Lake trail

7 Mokonui St, Te Anau 9600

Fiordland Bike Hire

Based next to the mini golf on Mokonui St, Te Anau

A Special Thanks to Key Sponsors

Te Anau Community Board 
Mararoa – Waimea Ward

Become a Patron of the Trust or Donate Today!

Donations of $500.00 or more make you eligible to become a Patron at the entrance to the trail