The lakeshore Te Anau Wildlife Centre gives you the chance to preview some of the wildlife you're likely to encounter when hiking in Fiordland. The center houses one of New Zealand's rare flightless birds, the takahē, which was once thought to be extinct. The lakeside walk to the center makes for a pleasant one-hour stroll. The birds here have either been injured or involved in captive rearing programmes. The injured birds are rehabilitated and sent back to the wild if they're strong enough. Entry's free, but if you have $1 or $2 coin to donate it helps with the upkeep.
Manapouri Rd., 1 km (½ mi) west of Te Anau, Te Anau, Southland, 9600, New Zealand