Frequently Asked Questions

What To Bring On Your Nature Observation

For all our trips you should bring the following:

  1. Waterproof jacket – never venture into Fiordland without it.
  2. Warm clothing – this is a mountainous environment and weather can change quickly. Hat and gloves are the best items to keep those extremities toasty.
  3. Sunscreen and sunhat – the sun can be fierce and the air is so pure little UV is absorbed.
  4. Camera – bring lots of film or make sure your memory card has plenty of space. You will take far too many photos.
  5. Lunch and snacks – there’s a great selection of cafes in Te Anau to purchase a tasty bite to eat.
  6. Water bottle – rivers and streams in Fiordland are good to drink, but you should always be stocked up before you leave.
  7. Bug spray – yep! You will meet the occasional sandfly or two……

For walking trips you should also bring:

  1. Walking boots – these should be comfortable and worn in. Some tracks are uneven and trainers often don’t provide the ankle support.
  2. Day pack – again this should be comfortable.

We can help you arrange the hiring of this equipment in Te Anau.

For overnight trips, you should also bring:

  1. Sleep wear.
  2. Clothes to wear while kayaking.
  3. Comfortable shoes – for wearing on the boat.
  4. Beverages – alcoholic or otherwise.

Interpretation & Non English Commentaries

We pride ourselves on the level of knowledge our guides possess. Topics for discussion on our trips include the region’s geology, flora, fauna, conservation, Maori history and European history.

Interpretation is available in Japanese for guests wishing to take advantage of this – these groups will be hosted individually of our regular service. Minimum numbers may apply. Grading of the Walks

We have tried to grade walks to give an idea of their difficulty level. Please note these are subjective. Should you require further clarification, please contact us and we will fill you in on more details.

i Your health and safety is important to us – please be aware that we do need to know if there are any health or fitness issues which would affect your ability to complete any activity we offer.

Small Groups and Personalized trips

Each trip offers small groups, with at least one guide per 12 passengers. Our trips include transport from Te Anau, knowledgeable well equipped guide(s).

Meals. lunch, tea or coffee and light snacks are provided(unless indicated). Please advise of special dietry requirements when making reservation.

Environmental Information: (Also see Department of Conservation Information Below)

Cancellation Policy

Reservations are not confirmed until full payment, or agreement of payment, has been received by Nature Observations.

All deposits are subject to a 10% administration fee. If cancellation occurs within 24 hours of departure – No refund.

Nature Observations are aware of situations which may arise beyond the control of our guests. For this reason cancellations shall be considered on a case by case basis

Alternative Routes/Activities:

In the interests of safety, Nature Observations may be forced to cancel or close certain aspects of their operation – an alternative option may be made available.

Nature Observations reserves all rights.

Weather Information:

For up-to-date weather information, please visit the following links to the Met Service Website:

New Zealand Forecast New Zealand General Forecasts
Fiordland Mountains Forecast MetService Fiordland Mountain Forecast

Department of Conservation Concession:

Department of Conservation Concession PAC-14-06-142 Trading as Nature Observations use this license to operate guided walks, guided fishing, guided hunting and water taxis within The Fiordland National Park World Heritage Area. A percentage of our revenue is given back to the places we help you to enjoy.

Minimum Numbers may be required for activities on this website.

Nature Observations reserves all rights