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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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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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activities

events

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

Ghost Diving: Conservation, Education, and Exploration
Ghost Diving: Conservation, Education, and Exploration

When: Jul 8, 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland National Park Visitors Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland

Matariki Night Walk On The Kepler Track
Matariki Night Walk On The Kepler Track

When: Jul 17, 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: Fiordland National Park, Manapouri, Fiordland
Venue: Kepler Track, Manapouri, Fiordland

Fiordland Wilderness Adventure
Fiordland Wilderness Adventure

When: Jul 23 to Jul 26, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Aviation Drive, Manapouri, Fiordland
Venue: Dusky Sound, Manapouri, Fiordland

The Big Bike Film Night
The Big Bike Film Night

When: Aug 3, 07:00 PM to 09:15 PM
Where: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Fiordland Department of Conservation, Te Anau, Fiordland

Meridian Hydro Half Marathon
Meridian Hydro Half Marathon

When: Aug 8, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Kepler Farm
Venue: Fiordland Trail - Te Anau, Manapouri, Southland

Spread the Jam
Spread the Jam

When: Sep 19, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Pop Andrew Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
Venue: Te Anau Club, 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

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

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

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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