Journey to a place you remember


Upper Waiau River

Fiordland is one of our green and blue planet’s most beautiful spots. Get a taste right on the doorstep of Te Anau River: trout fishing, hiking and cycling adventures.

The Upper Waiau River is an angler’s paradise being well stocked with fighting brown and rainbow trout. It also has movie star good looks to boot. This place starred in the first of the Lord of Rings Trilogy movies and hints at how spectacular the scenery here is.

The Upper Waiau River also plays a supporting role in Fiordland’s newest cyclist attraction recently constructed along the banks of the Upper Waiau. The trail ultimately will link the townships of Te Anau and Manapouri with the bonus of outstanding scenery along the trail.

The Kepler Track, one of NZ Great Walks running along the oppostie side of Waiau river to the cycle trail and offering easy day walking adventures, is a natural playground for visitors looking for options to explore these unforgettable landscapes.

There’s a palette of species in the forested catchment basin of the Upper Waiau River, including numerous ferns and a bountiful – but – endangered birdlife. You might see Kingfishers, Tui, Bellbird and even Kiwi if you are really lucky. There is a very successful conservation project in motion on this stretch of the river driven by the local children and community, Kids Restore the Kepler. The birdsong that now thrives from their efforts really is very special to experience.

Experiences on offer here
The Waiau River is the place to woo world class Rainbow and Brown Trout, whatever your age or ability: from having a go for the first time through to very experienced fly anglers, we can create a day you will remember.  

Making the most of what Fiordland and the Waiau River has to offer, perfect for couples or the whole family, everyone can get involved: cycling along the new cycle trail or walking a section of the easy-going Kepler Track, then catching our river taxi service for your river journey back to the start.