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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

Bats and Banana Splits
Bats and Banana Splits

When: Jan 24 to Jan 26, 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 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

Sunrise Photo Workshop
Sunrise Photo Workshop

When: Feb 15, 06:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: The Divide, Milford Road
Venue: Key Summit, Milford Sound, Southland

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

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

Cecil Turbine + Jane McArthur
Cecil Turbine + Jane McArthur

When: Jan 25, 09:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 12 Mokonui St, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Redcliff Cafe, Te Anau, Fiordland

Yoga for Women's Health
Yoga for Women's Health

When: Jan 31 to Mar 20, 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: 25 Luxmore Dr, Te Anau 9600, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland Medical Centre, 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

Fiordland All Girls Adventure – February 2020
Fiordland All Girls Adventure – February 2020

When: Feb 12 to Feb 16, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland

A Hundred Words for Snow - Tour 2020
A Hundred Words for Snow - Tour 2020

When: Mar 1, 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 20 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland Events 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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