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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

gateway to Milford Sound

Did you know:

Lake Te Anau is the South Island's largest lake!

Don't leave without

visiting the glowworm caves

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activities

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The Art of Letting Go Retreat
The Art of Letting Go Retreat

When: Aug 25, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland Kindergarten's Nature Discovery: Conservation Week
Fiordland Kindergarten's Nature Discovery: Conservation Week

When: Sep 17 to Sep 19, 08:45 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

St. John Workplace First Aid Training
St. John Workplace First Aid Training

When: Aug 30, 08:30 AM to 05:30 PM
Where: Pop Andrew Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Te Anau Club, Te Anau, Fiordland

Best of NZ Mountain Film Festival Te Anau
Best of NZ Mountain Film Festival Te Anau

When: Sep 21 to Sep 22, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 5 Howden St, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland College, Te Anau, Fiordland

2018 Communication Bootcamp/Body Language Combo
2018 Communication Bootcamp/Body Language Combo

When: Sep 15, 09:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Pop Andrew Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Te Anau Club, 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

If you want to experience the excitement of Queenstown and still get a good night’s sleep, then YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the hostel for you. This lakefront beauty is recently refurbished with modern decor and helpful extras – and it’s only a 10 minute walk to the heart of town.

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YHA Queenstown Central

This hostel couldn’t be more aptly named – nestled between the Wakatipu lakefront and Shotover St it’s right in the rapidly beating heart of this famous little resort town of Queenstown. Everything is on your doorstep – cafes, bars, restaurants and the waterfront with all its activities.

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