At Borland Lodge you'll find a real adventure playground for all ages, interests and fitness levels. For all outdoor activities, it is advisable to get up-to-date information and maps from DOC Te Anau or Invercargill. We also recommend the following qualified Outdoor Instructors:
Fit mountain bikers can get from the Manapouri Power Station to Borland Lodge. It's an excellent challenge for keen bikers – and is the furthest in you can get with your mountain bike into Fiordland National Park (biking is not otherwise permitted on tracks or in the Park). Stay at the lodge after a long day for a welcome hot shower and comfortable accommodation.
Kayaking is a great way to explore the Waiau River, Lake Monowai or the nearby pond. Tranquil and remote, it is the perfect opportunity to get away from crowds and touristy areas. After a decent rain is the best time to paddle along the river, as some parts can be rather shallow otherwise.
Lake Monowai has an open fishing season and can be enjoyed all year round. A boat launching ramp is sited at Lake Monowai Road end. Back country licenses are needed to fish in the Grebe Valley.
Borland Road has an easily accessible rock climbing area commonly used by outdoor education groups. Access is about 5km from the lodge. There are crags are often used by school groups for abseiling and top rope climbing along Borland Road. A hand made bolt exists half way up a black slab. There are roadside signs for traffic to put up when using this area. It's a good place to practice skills. For further climbs, walk approximately 15 minutes up Borland Saddle track and head to the top of the first face for abseil rings.