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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

events

Community Planting Event
Community Planting Event

When: Sep 18, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Manapouri-Te Anau Highway
Venue: Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, Te Anau, Southland

Raranga Maori Weaving - Tukutuku
Raranga Maori Weaving - Tukutuku

When: Sep 20 to Sep 22, 06:30 PM to 12:00 PM
Where: Dusky St, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Te Anau Rugby Club, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland Spring Adventure
Fiordland Spring Adventure

When: Oct 13 to Oct 18, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland Tamatea Adventure
Fiordland Tamatea Adventure

When: Oct 23 to Oct 27, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland Captain Cook/ Tuia250 Adventure
Fiordland Captain Cook/ Tuia250 Adventure

When: Oct 26 to Oct 31, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland Wilderness Adventure
Fiordland Wilderness Adventure

When: Nov 5 to Nov 9, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Pure Blue Tamatea Adventure
Pure Blue Tamatea Adventure

When: Nov 13 to Nov 16, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland Seafood Adventure
Fiordland Seafood Adventure

When: Nov 28 to Dec 1, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Kepler Challenge
Kepler Challenge

When: Dec 7, 06:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Fiordland National Park, Manapouri, Fiordland
Venue: Kepler Track, Manapouri, Fiordland

Luxmore Grunt
Luxmore Grunt

When: Dec 7, 07:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Fiordland National Park, Manapouri, Fiordland
Venue: Kepler Track, Manapouri, 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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