Getting Here

Takaro was originally accessible only by light aircraft. We have since built a private road for those who prefer to travel on terra firma.

Driving time from Te Anau

  • to Queenstown - 2h 30m (166 km)
  • to Invercargill - 2h 15m (157 km)
  • to Dunedin - 4h (289 km)
  • to Christchurch - 9 h (641 km)


  • Luxury car transport from Queenstown to Takaro - NZ$300 per person

Directions to Takaro

From Queenstown or Invercargill take highway 6.

Follow highway 94 via Mossburn in the direction of Te Anau. Approximately 5 km before Te Anau turn right onto Kakapo Road. There is a small wooden house on the corner of Kakapo Road which is a replica of one of the Takaro’s chalets...

Continue on Kakapo Road which will turn into a gravel road. Follow the signposts to TAKARO. After 1.5km on the gravel road turn left onto Takaro Road (not Dale Road). Follow this road to Takaro’s main gate. The gate is usually closed, but not locked. After another 7km you will reach Takaro.

The total drive is about 28 km from the beginning of Kakapo Road. Please allow at least 35 minutes driving time and be careful driving on the gravel road which is quite narrow and partly winds through forest.

Please also see the map to Takaro.