Marakura Wharf Te Anau
Richard Young

Te Anau

The serene, picturesque 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. Nestled on the lake's edge is the attractive town of Te Anau, your main base for the hiking trails and stunning scenery Fiordland National Park offers.

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. The town is a hub for visitors to the sound and a base for those visiting the region, especially for those undertaking one of the epic Great Walks such as the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn Track. Or use the Hike Fiordland Passport to guide you to some of the best day walks in the area.

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.

Te Anau


Hike Fiordland cover
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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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