The serene, picturesque Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in New Zealand, with the spectacular Mt Luxmore and Murchison mountains providing an awe-inspiring backdrop. Nestled on the lake’s edge is the attractive town of Te Anau, the gateway to the tramping and stunning scenery offered by Fiordland National Park.
Te Anau was first surveyed in 1893, shortly after the Milford Track opened, but the township only developed after the opening of the Homer Tunnel and the spectacular 120km alpine road to Milford in 1953. The town is a hub for visitors to the sound and also a base for those undertaking the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn Tracks, the former being a 4-day loop from Te Anau.
Boasting a wide range of activities on or off the water, fine restaurants and luxury accommodation - as well as Fiordland's most luminous inhabitants at the Te Anau Glowworm Caves - Te Anau is a dream destination.