Te Anau

Visit Te Anau, Fiordland, NZ

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  • Te Anau sits at the southern edge of beautiful Lake Te Anau beside Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Area. It is popular for its unspoilt scenery, fishing, golf, and as a starting-out for the Milford Track and other world famous hiking trails.

    Te Anau is the South Island’s largest lake. Its remoteness is due to its alpine location. It is just over two hours’ drive from Queenstown and 2.5 hours from Milford Sound. This usually calm lake is serenely beautiful, often showing reflected images of surrounding snow-capped mountains.

    Te Anau township, at the southern end of the lake, is considered a gateway to Fiordland National Park and popular destinations within it, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Manapouri.

    Accommodation in Te Anau (NZ)

    Te Anau has a wide range of accommodation for travellers on any budget. There are 4-star hotels and motels, luxury lodges and bed and breakfast establishments.

    Holiday parks cater for backpackers, campers and motor home travellers.

    A number of self-contained cottages and holiday homes provide for a private, independent stay.

    Those wishing to experience kiwi hospitality in a rural setting have a choice offarmstay and homestay providers, which often give the opportunity to participate in outdoor and farming activities, such as mustering cattle, sheep and deer.

    Transport around Te Anau

    Te Anau is just over 2 hours’ drive southwest of Queenstown, or two hours northwest of Invercargill. Coach and shuttle transport providers operate services from these locations to and from Te Anau daily.

    Te Anau is served by a recently upgrade airport located 17 km south of the town. It receives regular flights from Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill, with aircraft ranging from light planes to small passenger jets. A number of small local airlines and air charter services use the facility, connecting with other Fiordland locations such as Mount Cook, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound.

    Transport to locations across Lake Te Anau and along any of its branching arms is usually by cruising or jet boat.

    Mountain bikes for hire allow visitors to explore the township and lakeside, and to venture further afield along sealed highways.

    Tourist Activities around Te Anau

    Te Anau is known as the gateway to Fiordland. Many of its popular activities involve leaving the town by bus or coach to visit remotes scenic destinations such as Milford and Doubtful Sounds, and Mount Cook.

    Lake cruises are very popular, from day-trips to overnight, catered excursions. Exhilarating tours by jet boat are also available.

    Some of New Zealand’s most celebrated hiking/tramping trails start from near Te Anau, including the famous Milford, Routeburn, Hollyford and Kepler tracks. Transport to and from the start of tracks, by boat, road or helicopter, is easily arranged in Te Anau.

    Te Anau’s lakeside is offers beautiful day walks, with coves great for picnics, swimming and family fun. Fishing for trout in the lake is also possible.

    Especially popular are tours through Te Anau’s glow-worm caves, an ancient cave system with wonderful rock formations as well as constellations of the native glow worm; their tiny bluish lights make a cave ceiling seem like a starry night sky.

    Shops in Te Anau sell high quality New Zealand products, including items made locally from wool, skins, wood and greenstone. A number of restaurants feature Fiordland delicacies such as venison, whitebait and crayfish.

    Te Anau’s museum and information centre contain displays that interpret the region’s history, geology and ecology.

    Even non-golfers might enjoy playing a round on Te Anau’s 18-hole course, with beautiful views of mountain and lake at every tee and green.

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