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
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
Birds, Bats and Banana Splits
When: Jan 25 to Jan 27, 07:30 PM to 01:00 AM
Where: 6178 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Knobs Flat, Eglinton Valley, Te Anau, Fiordland
A Walk In the Park
When: Jan 19, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Fiordland National Park, Manapouri, Fiordland
Venue: Kepler Track, Manapouri, Fiordland
The Great Fiordland Whio Race
When: Dec 15, 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Upukerora Road
Venue: Upukerora River, Te Anau, Southland
Discover the Alpine World
When: Jan 12, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Milford Road, Milford Sound, Fiordland
Venue: Gertrude Valley, Milford Sound, Fiordland
Julian Temple Band
When: Dec 28 to Dec 29, 10:00 PM to 01:00 AM
Where: 12 Mokonui St, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Redcliff Cafe, Te Anau, Fiordland
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.
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.
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.