Community News

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Welcome to our Community News for Te Anau and Manapouri. This page is updated frequently, and aims to give you relevant stories for residents and visitors, in the shortest amount of words, on issues pertinent to our communities and the conservation of this incredible place. We also facebook stories. Another great source of news is the free newspaper the Fiordland Advocate newspaper, available around town and printed on a Thursday. So pick it up and read it!

09/07/2016 Te Anau Illumination
Te Anau Illumination is an event that is held every year to celebrate the date when lights first came on in 1958. People gather near the Ranch and all the lights in Te Anau will be turned off. After the count down the lights are turned back on. The celebration continues at The Distinction Te Anau hotel where there is food, live music and a Fire Show. Read all about it.

06/06/2016 Fiordland big 3
Fiordland Big 3 is a major hunting festival in Te Anau at the Rugby club. People from all around come to participate. There are three categories that people can win in such as heaviest fish, biggest deer and biggest possum. Read more about the Fiordland Big 3.

21/06/2015 Polar Plunge 
Freezing cold fundraiser for the year 6 camp to Dunedin. Read about the Polar Plunge. 

20/06/2015 Ultra-fast broadband opportunity
Support the bid for ultra-fast broad band! Emails and letters of support must be sent before the end of June! Find out how to submit your support here. 

12/06/16 Hollyford Track wonders
Read this article out today on the news channel Stuff explaining the wonders of walking Fiordland's Hollyford Track. Then read about tramping in Fiordland.  

15/10/2014 " Battle for our Birds" 1080 poisoning update 
Some aerial poisonings are not going ahead in 2014, others are underway and one is imminent. Read the latest in our story here. 

13/10/2014 Te Anau to Manapouri Cycle Trail gears up 
The first section of a Te Anau to Manapouri cycle trail is expected to be constructed in 2015, reaching as far as Rainbow Reach. Read the story on Stuff, visit the Fiordland Trails facebook page and find out more about cycling around Te Anau.

15/09/2014 Wildlife park under review
Our lakefront bird park in Te Anau is under review at present. The Department of Conservation is considering the future of the park. Read our story here

01/09/2014 Get cycling
A brilliant report explaining the enormous potential for cycling around Te Anau and Manapouri has been published. Go to the report by Venture Southland

27/06/2014 Bright Te Anau!
Once again, Te Anau is celebrating the winter by covering its town shops and restaurants in amazing sparkly lights, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteer hours. It's a beautiful place to visit in the dark months, with often bright days - and definitely sparkly evenings. 

16/06/2014 Conservation win for Te Anau
A planned monorail through the heart of a world heritage forest near Te Anau, that would have destroyed thousands of trees, has been rejected at proposal stage by the Government's conservation minister after a campaign by Save Fiordland, a Te-Anau based organisation. 

19/01/2014 Beethoven in Te Anau
A Beethoven festival is happening in Te Anau next weekend! Don't miss it! For bookings and further information, contact Te Anau Lodge 03 249 7477.

06/11/2013 Theatre school in the summer holidays
A theatre school for anyone aged 10+ could run for a week in January if enough people register interest, so get registering! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

05/11/2013 Community shuttle bus for medical appointments
A community shuttle bus is now available from Te Anau to Invercargill for medical appointments between 10am and 3pm, including hospital appointments, dentists and more. For more information, go to our medical page.

03/11/2013 Redcliff Cafe in top three restaurants in NZ!
The Redcliff Cafe is one of only three NZ restaurants to be rated by Trip Advisor in its Travellers' Awards. Find out more about this wonderful restaurant on our Fine Dining page

01/11/2013 Vintage plane now available for scenic flights over Fiordland  
A biplane regarded as a New Zealand 'national historic treasure' is now based in Te Anau for scenic flights over Fiordland. This historic plane is being offered for flights through Airscapade Affairs, which operates out of Te Anau Lodge. See our Planes page

10/10/2013 Bottle-nosed dolphins measured
The University of Otago has been using special cameras to measure the bottle-nosed dolphins in Doubtful Sound and track their parenting techniques. The dolphins were found to be up to a whopping four metres in length. Read more from the Fiordland Marine Guardians

03/10/2013 Fiordland College kids off to Great Barrier Island
Fiordland College kids have beaten off competition to reach the finals of the Get2Go competition, involving kayaking, biking and orienteering, and are heading to Great Barrier Island for the final stage. Read more in the Fiordland Advocate.

03/10/2013 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra comes to town 
The New Zealand Symphony Orchester is coming to Te Anau for an evening of family favourites including Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Find out more about the NZSO.

03/10/2013 Indian takeaways at long last! 
After the closure a few years ago of an Indian restaurant in Te Anau, a new Indian takeaway, called SolGeo's is opening in the Mobil Petrol Station in the centre of Te Anau. Read more in the Fiordland Advocate.

13/9/2013 Clean air for Te Anau kids in our brilliant playgrounds
Te Anau kids are to play in smoke free environments thanks to the Te Anau Community Board. Lions park playground and the skatepark will both have signs erected banning smoking. Read more in the Fiordland Advocate.