Located in the Southland region of New Zealand's South Island, Te Anau is situated in Fiordland on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau. The South Island's largest lake, Lake Te Anau is the second largest lake in all of New Zealand. Te Anau holidays are known for their picturesque scenery and the charming township is the perfect base for exploring the spectacular, glacier carved wilderness of Fiordland National Park.
This Te Anau travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this scenic region also known as the gateway to Milford Sound. The township offers plenty of delicious local fare including seafood, lobster and venison specialties. Beginning at the Lake, the great walks of the Routeburn, Kepler and Milford Tracks offer some incredible natural sights while the lake is popular for cruising and kayaking. Other popular attractions include a wildlife park specialising in native birds and the famous Te Ana-au Glowworm caves.
The wide range of Te Anau accommodation offers more than 4,000 beds for a restful night for visitors. Ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars and everything in between, accommodation varies from hotels, motels, lodges and boutique accommodation offering style and comfort, to farm stays and charming bed and breakfasts that provide authentic New Zealand hospitality. With a full range of onsite facilities, accommodation is in high demand and is recommended you book early to avoid disappointment, particularly for those who wish to visit during January, February and March as this is peak season.
Te Anau offers an amazing array of attractions that celebrate the region's landscapes including natural attractions like the world-famous Milford Track and popular Kepler Track, within walking distance of the town centre. These tracks offer freedom, exploration and inspiration as well as an insight into the Lake's true natural beauty. Te Anau Lake sprawls along the foot of rugged mountains and is popular for swimming, fishing, kayaking and water skiing. Within the town centre, Te Anau offers shopping 7 days a week and is known for its fine restaurant. Popular activities include scenic cruises, coach tours, 4WDing, scenic flights, diving, golf and more. There's also the Te Anau Wildlife Park at the lakefront which features unique native birds such as Kea, Tui, Kaka, Parakeets and the Takahe, a rediscovered flightless alpine bird. However perhaps the most exciting attraction is the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, a rare experience of a 15,000 year old living cave lit by the glow of thousands of tiny glow worms.
Don't miss: Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour.