Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau

Lake Te Anau is the largest of the southern glacial lakes and the second largest lake in New Zealand, covering an area of 344 square kilometres. When only taking into consideration fresh water volume it is the largest lake in Australasia, with the deepest part of the lake being 226 metres below sea level. The main body of the lake runs north-south and three large fiords, called North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord, reach out from its western side. These are the only inland fiords in New Zealand.

Most of the lake is within the boundaries of Fiordland National Park. Its serene deep waters surrounded by lush native forest, rolling hill country and the spectacular Kepler and Murchison mountain ranges make it a stunning playground for adventure activities such as jet boating, water skiing and kayaking, as well as cruising, swimming, fishing, boating and paddling. The western shore of the lake also features the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Venture Southland
Last modified
Tue 12 Apr 2022
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