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Borland Lodge is easily accessible but still sufficiently remote for a feeling of isolation. It is only 12 km off the Southern Scenic Highway, turning off the Tuatapere to Manapouri main road with only the last part of the road to the Lodge unsealed.

The surrounding area is a mixture with healthy beech forest, the lofty peaks of Fiordland, the Borland Saddle, the Grebe Valley, Lake Monowai and the Borland River

Lake Monowai, the Borland River and the Grebe Valley draw fishermen and guided parties from far and wide.

Many hunters come in pursuit of red deer and trampers use the Lodge as a base from which to tackle the tracks that lead to remote Fiordland huts.

From Borland Lodge you can drive 16 kms up the Borland Road, this provides summer access to the Borland Saddle spectacular at 1000m. You can then continue a further 4kms to the Grebe Lookout where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the unique Grebe Valley.

The Borland Road then continues around under the Bluffs and down the Grebe Valley to a stony beach at South Arm. this 84 km return trip from the Lodge is an ideal day trip to enjoy great scenery and a picnic lunch.

Fit mountain bikers can get from the Manapouri Power Station to Borland Lodge in a long day for a welcome hot shower and comfortable accommodation. Families who enjoy getting out of town for a weekend, weddings, conferences and other functions can be accommodated at Borland Lodge

There are many day walks in the vicinity of the Lodge and along the shore of Lake Monowai. These include the popular Borland Nature Walk – a 30 minute self-guided walk starting at the Lodge.

Another popular walk from the Lodge is the Burnt Ridge track (1hour 30mins one way) to the shore of Lake Monowai.

After completing Fiordland Great Walks there is scope to enjoy the many Day Walks and overnight tramps in the Borland area.
  • The South Borland track is a good day walk that loops back to the Lodge.
  • The North Borland track where you can stay overnight at the Rock Bivvy or continue to the North Borland Hut.
  • Walk in from the Borland bivvy to Green Lake Hut, stay overnight and explore Island Lake the next day.
  • From Lake Monowai take the longer track to Green Lake or walk along the lake edge for an overnight tramp to Rogers Inlet Hut.
Hut Tickets need to be purchased beforehand at DOC Te Anau Visitors Centre, DOC Invercargill or at DOC Tuatapere.

Personal Locator Beacons are available for hire from the Tuatapere Service station or the Invercargill Museum.

Shallow Lake, Grebe Valley