Wednesday 15th June 2022

The Board of Proprietors, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, has purchased Te Anau Downs - Fiordland National Park Lodge, which is located 30km north of Te Anau on the highway to Milford Sound. It has been a long-held dream to own a second campus facility that has now become a very exciting reality.

Image by: Kirstyn Mawdsley

The lodge sits on a three-hectare block on the shores of Lake Te Anau in the Fiordland National Park and will provide our students with endless opportunities for adventure-based learning. Generations of McGlashan students will benefit from the chance to experience independent living, the challenges of the environment, the beauty of the lake, and the fellowship and camaraderie of their peers.

Many past McGlashan students often speak of their school camp experiences as the highlight of their time at the college. The vision of the staff and boards is to consolidate such experiences as an additional pillar of our college culture and 'the way we do things at McGlashan'. Extensive and meaningful curricular activities will be integrated into this breathtaking and unique environment.

The opportunity for boys to learn in and from an environment stripped of the elements of present-day society will establish unique opportunities to come face-to-face with 'who' he is and 'what' he is capable of. Through community living, we will provide the best possible chance to promote social development within a dynamic, life-changing experience of self-discovery and independence.

Planning is well underway for the lodge to accommodate students by April 2023.

'It's impossible', said Pride.

'It's risky', said Experience.

'It's pointless', said Reason.

'Give it a try', whispered the Heart.

Attached are a few photos of the lodge and the surrounding area.

'Whiria te tangata'

Weave the people together.

Kindest regards

Neil Garry


View from Te Anau Downs
The lakefront in Te Anau Downs
Lake Mistletoe
The loop track at Lake Mistletoe
The loop track at Lake Mistletoe
The front of the lodge
The front of the lodge
The lodge foyer
A lodge room
The lodge dining room
The lodge dining room
The lodge commercial kitchen
The backpackers
The backpackers kitchen
The backpackers common room
A backpackers room