Fiordland National Park Lodge - Te Anau Downs

In 2022, The Board of Proprietors, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, purchased Te Anau Downs - Fiordland National Park Lodge, which is located 30km north of Te Anau on the highway to Milford Sound.

Outdoor education and class camps are a highlight of each school year. The lodge, which is approximately four hours from Dunedin, sits on a three-hectare block on the shores of Lake Te Anau in the Fiordland National Park. It provides the opportunity for McGlashan students to 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. Social education in the great outdoors.

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

Te Anau Downs provides an unforgettable experience for the students. It affords the perfect balance of adventure, education, and fun, leaving students with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for nature and the great outdoors


On site we have two lodges available for groups to hire as well as several motel rooms. The larger lodge sleeps a maximum of 70 and contains a dining hall, communal area and a large commercial kitchen with a walk-in chiller. Our smaller lodge is suitable for groups of 28 or less and has a kitchen, dining room and wood burner. Each bedroom sleeps between 2 - 4 and is equipped with an ensuite. We are surrounded by 3.5 hectares of native bush and are situated on the lakefront with our own private jetty making it an ideal spot for water sports. 

Available Activities

A range of short walks, day walks and overnight tramps are available within the Fiordland National Park. Some of these such as the Kepler and Milford are Great Walks. These can be suited to a wide age and ability range.

Sea kayaking is available for paddling skill development and this can be extended to overnight camping expeditions. Experience the wonder that is the Milford Sound. There are sea kayaking tours that can be done in the sound by qualified and experienced guides.

Te Anau glow worm caves provide a unique experience in underground caves, and both the Milford Track Water Taxi and Fiordland Outdoors Water Taxi leave from our doorstep, catering for groups of all sizes.

On site at the lodge are a range of adventure based learning opportunities, as well as the possibility of camping out. 

There is the Waka - Te Manawa o Titiroa Trust, which runs a double hulled traditional Polynesian waka. This provides a unique experience where paddling teamwork is developed as well as the ability to learn traditional navigational methods.


For more information or to make a booking please contact Jason Palmer, Operations Manager, Te Anau Downs Campus:

Jason Palmer
Operations Manager, Te Anau Downs Campus
+64 27 379 5607