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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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10 Reasons to Spend the Night in Te Anau

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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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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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Enjoying the South Island Spirit

New Zealand’s South Island moves at a different pace from the north. Divided by the formidable Southern Alps, the sheer extremes of the land...

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events

The Woolshed Tour: 'Life's a Bitch' & Mel Parsons
The Woolshed Tour: 'Life's a Bitch' & Mel Parsons

When: Nov 20, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 2112 Blackmount Redcliff Road, Manapouri, Fiordland
Venue: Whare Creek Station, Manapouri, Fiordland

Fiordland Spring Adventure
Fiordland Spring Adventure

When: Oct 20 to Oct 25, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Multimedia Art Exhibition - Fiordland Arts Society
Multimedia Art Exhibition - Fiordland Arts Society

When: Oct 24 to Oct 26, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 20-22 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland Community Events Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland Wilderness Adventure – November 2020
Fiordland Wilderness Adventure – November 2020

When: Nov 11 to Nov 15, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, 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

Fiordland Tamatea Adventure – October 2020
Fiordland Tamatea Adventure – October 2020

When: Oct 6 to Oct 10, 11:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

Te Anau Dr Stress - Resilience Under Pressure
Te Anau Dr Stress - Resilience Under Pressure

When: Oct 18, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau, 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

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

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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