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Te Anau - Escape to natural splendour

Nestled in a dense concentration of pristine untouched National Parks, lakes, and fiords, this is an awe-inspiring part of New Zealand that feels a bit more like Jurassic Park than real life.

Te Anau is a small, walkable town centre that's just a wee bit charming. With a beautiful lake on your doorstep, mountains, sounds, and glacial valleys just a stone's throw a way, this is a part of New Zealand everyone should visit at least once.

Visitors often take a day trip out to Milford Sound, but Doubtful Sound is equally (if not more) splendid. You're also spoiled for Great Walks with the Kepler, Milford, Routeburn, Hollyford, and Humpridge Tracks close by.

at a glance

Best known for

being the gateway to Milford and Doubtful Sounds

Did you know

Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island

Don't leave without

visiting the glowworm caves

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stories

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Great Walker? Check out our 14 top Great Walks hostels

Keen to strap on a few necessities and hit the tracks through some of New Zealand's native forests, lakes, rivers, mountain peaks, and valleys?...

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10 Reasons to Spend the Night in Te Anau

Most visitors only see Milford Sound on a hurried day trip from Queenstown, treating the tranquil lakefront township of Te Anau as little more than...

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How To Visit Queenstown on a Budget

Waking up to a view of the spectacular lakefront, eating fancy cheeses, drinking local wine and experiencing the thrill of the adventure capital...

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Long Weekend Getaway to Te Anau

Sounds fabulous! Head on a long weekend getway to Te Anau to explore Milford & Doubtful Sound and more delights of Fjordland.

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Te Araroa Trail Hostels

The Te Araroa trail is New Zealand's newest long distance tramping route, from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south. We've got hostels to...

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events

RevitalizeFestival2021
RevitalizeFestival2021

When: Jan 1 to Jan 3, 03:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 2576 Clifden Blackmount Road, Otautau, Manapouri, Fiordland
Venue: Mangapiri Downs Organic Stud Farm, Manapouri, Fiordland

Fiordland Seafood Adventure – December 2020
Fiordland Seafood Adventure – December 2020

When: Dec 7 to Dec 10, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Discover the Alpine World
Discover the Alpine World

When: Jan 16, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Milford Road, Milford Sound, Fiordland
Venue: Gertrude Valley, Milford Sound, Fiordland

Bats and Banana Splits
Bats and Banana Splits

When: Jan 21 to Jan 23, 07:30 PM to 01:00 AM
Where: 6178 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Knobs Flat, Eglinton Valley, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland All Girls Adventure – February 2021
Fiordland All Girls Adventure – February 2021

When: Feb 19 to Feb 23, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

The Ranch Bar & Grill Te Anau Rodeo
The Ranch Bar & Grill Te Anau Rodeo

When: Dec 30, 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Rodeo Grounds, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland New Year's Adventure
Fiordland New Year's Adventure

When: Dec 30 to Jan 2, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Aviation Drive, Manapouri, Fiordland
Venue: Dusky Sound, Manapouri, Fiordland

Michael Morris & The Slow Loris - Single Release NZ Tour
Michael Morris & The Slow Loris - Single Release NZ Tour

When: Jan 15, 09:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 12 Mokonui St, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Redcliff Cafe, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland History Adventure – January 2021
Fiordland History Adventure – January 2021

When: Jan 20 to Jan 24, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Tawaki Fiordland Crested Penguin Talk
Tawaki Fiordland Crested Penguin Talk

When: Feb 11, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park Visitors Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland

Nearby Hostels

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YHA Te Anau

Relax in our cosy, homely atmosphere just a block from the shores of the gorgeous blue Lake Te Anau. This peaceful, super-clean hostel is a great place to recharge.

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YHA Queenstown Lakefront

This recently refurbished modern, superbly-equipped and friendly backpacker hostel is a short lakefront stroll from the heart of Queenstown.

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YHA Queenstown Central

In the fast-beating heart of Queenstown, this modern backpacker hostel is a secure, comfortable base near everything this alpine town has to offer.

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