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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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stories

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activities

events

Fiordland All Girls Adventure
Fiordland All Girls Adventure

When: Feb 14 to Feb 18, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 55 Fergus Square
Venue: Dusky Sound, Te Anau, Southland

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

When: Mar 21, 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Pop Andrew Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Te Anau Club, Te Anau, Fiordland

The Big Bike Film Night
The Big Bike Film Night

When: May 16, 07:00 PM to 09:15 PM
Where: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Distinction Hotel, 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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