Local Attractions

Shakespeare House B&B is conveniently located just two minutes to Lake Te Anau and a short walk to Te Anau’s town centre. There’s so much to see and do in Fiordland National Park and Shakespeare House B&B is a great base to get out and explore all that the area has to offer. Your hosts, Nathan and Liz, are happy to chat about what you might like to do in Te Anau, Queenstown, Arrowtown, and surrounds, and can help book any tours or activities for you. Here are some recommended activities:

Te Anau

Shakespeare House B&B Te Anau

There’s so much to see and do in Te Anau, and Shakespeare House B&B is a great location to base your stay. Here are some ideas for things that you might want to consider doing while you’re here in our beautiful backyard, Te Anau. Welcome to Te Anau - the gateway to Fiordland National Park. Shakespeare House B&B is a just a two-minute walk to the lakefront and an easy 10-minute walk to the centre of town. Enjoy fantastic restaurants, bars, cafes, and lots of great tourist activities in this unique part of New Zealand.

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Mountain bike Te Anau

Mountain Bike Te Anau Lake 2 Lake Track

Mountain biking in Te Anau is a great way to explore the beautiful area at your pace and at a low price. There’s lots of tracks to choose from and the Lake 2 Lake Track is a 41km loop that is ideal for all levels of rider.

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Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound is great for spotting fur seals, penguins (including the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin), beautiful bottlenose dolphins and sometimes whales. It’s a great spot for kayaking and has some great day walks. Doubtful Sound is the deepest Fiord in Fiordland National Park. It’s a bit more remote than some other Fiords so it’s a bit quieter.

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Dusky Sound

Dusky Sound bottlenose dolphin

Dusky Sound is a very remote part of New Zealand, and one of the largest Fiords in Fiordland National Park, with over 350 islands with Dusky Sound, including several large islands. Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins live in the area. As do Fiordland Penguins. Real Journeys do offer a five-day boat trip, but it’s a once a year experience that sells out fast. Dusky Sound is incredibly remote to get to, so the best way to see it is from the air.

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Helicopter over Dusky and Doubtful Sound

Helicopter over Dusky and Doubtful

Southern Lakes Helicopters with Sir Richard ‘Hannibal’ and Lady Carol Hayes offers a great flying experience to Dusky and Doubtful Sound. You get to land on Mt Pender in Dusky Sound, fly over Campbell’s Kingdom (a unique hanging valley in Doubtful Sound) and land on Mt Kidd. This is a jaw dropping, once in a lifetime experience into New Zealand’s untouched wilderness, where humans have barely stepped foot. If you’re pausing at the price, just read the reviews on Tripadvisor and check out the photos. Wow.

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Fly over Dusky or Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound flight

Have you considered flying to Dusky or Doubtful Sounds by Sea plane? Wings & Water offer a great Fiord combo. They also do a flight over just Doubtful Sounds. For some breath-taking views and an experience, you’ll remember for a lifetime, take a flight over Dusky or Doubtful Sound.

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Visit the Glow-worm Caves in Te Anau

Glow-worms NZ

The glow-worm caves in Te Anau offer a magical experience that you will never forget. Travel deep inside the caves via boat, while you stare up in amazement at all the glow-worms above you on the cave ceiling. The trip takes 2hrs 15 mins and leaves from Te Anau all year round.

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The Redcliff Café Te Anau

The Redcliff Café, Bar and Restaurant is just a short 10-minute walk from Shakespeare House B&B. They have some great musicians in the evenings. They’ve got some interesting dishes that you might like to try like venison, wild rabbit, hare and more (depending on the time of year). For seafood fans there’s things like octopus, Stewart Island salmon, and scallops on the menu.

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The Fat Duck Te Anau

The Fat Duck café is a friendly restaurant and bar. They’re well known for their amazing burgers, popcorn chicken and lamb salad. It’s popular with a good atmosphere and great selection of New Zealand beer and wine, along with delicious quality kiwi pub food.

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Jet boating with Fiordland Jet

Fiordland Jet Te Anau

Fiordland Jet offer a great range of jet boat rides in and around Te Anau. They offer the only ride of its kind along Waiau River to Lake Manapouri. The Waiau River is actually world famous in New Zealand from Lord of the Rings (it’s the Anduin River). They’ve also got something for the thrill seeker in all of us too with the Beach to Bay jet boat ride. Fjet have got lots of options, chat to your hosts Nathan and Liz about recommendations and special deals. 

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Hump Ridge Track

The Hump Ridge Track

The Hump Ridge Track is a lesser known track, South of Te Anau, that is truly spectacular. It offers multi-share accommodation and is incredibly well maintained with boardwalks and good facilities. There’s a few options with the walk and it’s just over an hour’s drive from Te Anau. If you’re doing one of the Great Walks or looking for something a little shorter, this might be the one for you.  A moderate to high level of fitness is needed for this track, and it pays to plan ahead.

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Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown would have to be the thrill-seeking capital of the world. It’s where AJ Hackett first brought bungy jumping to the world. There’s everything for a thrill seeker or nature lover to do. There’s also great eateries and a happening night life. The sheer scenery in Queenstown is enough to make it an international destination.

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Skiing and Snowboarding

Cadrona Ski Area

Probably what Queenstown is best known for – an amazing skiing and snowboarding scene. The season runs from June to October with something for everyone. Choose from four ski areas, with the closest just a 20-minute drive from Queenstown’s town centre. Flights in and out of Queenstown are reasonably priced, and it’s just a few hours’ drive from Te Anau. Our advice is book a few days extra and head over to Te Anau to check out Fiordland National Park, we promise you won’t be disappointed. It makes a great escape from a few days on the slopes.

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Walter Peak Farm and the TSS Earnslaw

Queenstown TSS Earnslaw

Walter Peak farm tour and the TSS Earnslaw lake cruise. This is a farm tour like no other. Travel there by steamship on the vintage TSS Earnslaw, an iconic boat on Queenstown lake. See farming demonstrations and have freshly baked morning and afternoon tea. A classic kiwi farm experience. Trip takes 3 hours 30 mins.

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Fergburger

Fergburger

No tourist guide to Queenstown would be complete without mentioning Fergburger. For delicious burgers made from fresh and local quality ingredients, go to Fergburger. Try to skip the lines by going at off-peak times (otherwise it can be a long wait) but hey, it’s been labelled ‘the best burger in the world’ so well worth the wait. There’s also Fergbaker next door that does good coffee and baked goods, often without the wait.

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Skyline Gondala Queenstown

Queenstown Gondala

A classic tourist activity, the Skyline Gondala gives amazing views across Queenstown. For big-kids-at-heart there’s also the luge where you can race your friends and family to the bottom. You can also take your mountain bike up and take one of the many trails down. There’s a few restaurants at the top and a stargazing night time option. For thrill seekers you can book other options like bungy, paragliding and helicopter rides.

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown historic town

Arrowtown is a small historic town, just 22 minutes from Queenstown. A picturesque town at any time of year, Autumn is particularly spectacular, with an amazing array of colour. It's a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River and well worth a visit.

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Walks Around Arrowtown

Lake Hayes

For the walking enthusiast there’s lots of trails around Arrowtown that we highly recommend. In just 30 minutes you can find yourself looking down on Arrowtown and the Wakatipu Basin on Tobins Track. The Millennium walk is an easy track that is also shared with cyclists.  It’s another area you might recognise from The Lord of the Rings. The Lake Hayes walkway is another track shared with cyclists that is stunning. Take an easy walk or ride surrounded by spectacular mountains and lakefront.

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Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier

Franz Josef

Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier are close by each other on New Zealand’s West Coast, to the West of Aoraki or Mount Cook. The scenery and landscape in the area is so breath-taking that you won’t need any filters on your camera. The area is full of amazing geology, rare flora and fauna, astonishing history and more. There’s a wide range of walks in the surrounding national park; Westland Tai Poutini and you can book things like helicopter rides up the glaciers and guided walks on the ice itself.

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The Catlins

Cathedral Caves Catlins

If you are travelling from Te Anau to Dunedin, we highly recommend taking a little bit longer and travelling to the Catlins. The Catlins is an area situated just a little off the beaten track between Invercargill and Dunedin. A highlight of the Southern Scenic Route, you can visit the Cathedral Caves (tide dependent), the petrified forest at Curio Bay/ Porpoise bay, waterfalls and stunning coastlines. Visit the lighthouse at Nugget Point and spot unique New Zealand wildlife including Hector’s dolphins, the yellow-eyed penguins/ hoiho (with recent population decline is probably the rarest penguin in the world), fur seals and sea lions. Slope Point, at the edge of the Catlins, is the Southernmost point of New Zealand.

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Dunedin

Dunedin University Clocktower

You might be stopping by Dunedin on your way to or from Te Anau. Dunedin is a UNESCO world heritage city of literature with a rich history, beautiful old buildings, great beer, a student atmosphere and unique wildlife.

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Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninsula Yellow-eyed penguins

If you’re a nature lover or into wildlife, Otago Peninsula is a must do. Spot sea lions, fur seals, yellow eyed penguins and visit the Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head. The Royal Albatross Centre is ideal for spotting the worlds only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony. For something really cool, take a boat trip around Taiaroa head with Dunedin Monarch Wildlife Cruises.

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Larnach Castle & Gardens

Larnach Castle Dunedin

Larnach Castle is a spot you probably won’t want to miss on Otago Peninsula. It’s a beautiful old castle, with well maintained gardens. Stop in and have a coffee or high tea (3pm most days). Larnach Castle is now a popular tourist spot, but also used for weddings, balls, conferences and more.

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Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

Another beautiful old building, with plenty of history is Dunedin Railway Station. If you go on a Saturday morning, you’ll also get to experience the Farmers Market (runs from 9am-12pm) full of delicious local produce. Try Havoc Bacon, we promise you won’t be disappointed. The train station is probably one of the most photographed spots in Dunedin, so take your camera. It’s also a great opportunity to take a scenic train ride.

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Dunedin Botanic Gardens and Butterflies at the Otago Museum

Dunedin Botanic Gardens

Dunedin really shows the seasons, with Autumn, Spring and rhododendron season creating magical displays at Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Whether it’s fields of daffodils, a canopy of rhododendron flowers above your head, cherry trees in bloom or orange leaves, the Botanic Gardens is always spectacular. The Gardens also have a glasshouse and café when the weather isn’t the best, and if it’s really bad, consider visiting the Butterflies at Otago Museum instead. An indoor enclosure with tropical rainforest (waterfall included). Best times to go are 11am weekdays for a demonstration and first flight.

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Home of World-class Beer – Speights and Emerson’s

Speights Beer Dunedin

There’s two breweries in Dunedin that now operate tours. Speights is a beer with a long history in Dunedin, while Emerson’s has become an incredibly popular beer over the past few years that has become an established name. Both offer tours and tastings, and if you don’t want to do a tour, both have restaurants with classic Southern fare. We recommend Emerson’s Bird Dog IPA.

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