Marakura Wharf Te Anau
Richard Young

Te Anau

Te Anau, nestled on the shores of stunning Lake Te Anau, is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers. The town serves as your main base to explore Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its dramatic Fiordland scenery. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and the second largest in New Zealand. The spectacular Mt Luxmore and Murchison Mountains provide an awe-inspiring backdrop. Te Anau was first surveyed in 1893, shortly after the Milford Track opened. Still, the township only developed after the opening of the Homer Tunnel and the spectacular 120km alpine road to Milford in 1953.

Fiordland National Park is a true masterpiece with its snow-capped peaks, lush green forests, and mirror-like lakes. Explore this spectacular wilderness on foot, following scenic trails that wander through valleys and ancient rainforests. Lace up your hiking boots and conquer one of the epic New Zealand's Great Walks, such as the Kepler, Milford, or Routeburn Track. Or use the Hike Fiordland Passport to guide you to some of the best day walks in the area.

Te Anau


Milford Sound, a majestic fiord cradled within the national park, is often considered one of New Zealand's most breathtaking sights. Imagine towering cliffs that plunge dramatically into the crystal-clear waters while waterfalls cascade down their sides, creating a scene that seems beyond belief. Doubtful Sound, another fiord of breathtaking beauty and teeming with wildlife, is also easily accessible from Te Anau. 

For another breathtaking perspective, take a scenic cruise or flight across Lake Te Anau, soaking in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Explore hidden waterfalls, go for a thrilling jet boat ride, or take a guided tour of the ethereal glowworm caves. For a unique encounter, pop into the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, a haven for native bird species and where you can see the rediscovered Takahē in real life.

Beyond the natural wonders, Te Anau caters for travellers of all interests. Foodies will delight in the town's culinary scene, with restaurants serving fresh, local produce. Relax and unwind at a cosy cafe, sipping on a cup of coffee and soaking in the laid-back atmosphere. Fiordland offers experiences that will leave you breathless. So, make sure you stay a few nights, and choose from a variety of different accommodation options, from luxury lodges to holiday parks.

Whether you seek a heart-pounding adventure or a tranquil escape, Te Anau has something for everyone. So, pack your bags, embrace your sense of adventure, and let Te Anau be the launching point for your exploration of Fiordland.

Hike Fiordland cover
Lisa Nicole

Hike Fiordland

Base yourself in Te Anau and use the Hike Fiordland Passport to guide you to some of the best day walks, experiencing a taste of the Great Walks nearby. Stay a week and complete them all, or tick off a few more with each visit.

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