Lake Te Anau, Te Anau
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The largest body of water on South Island, Lake Te Anau boasts lush surroundings, plenty of aquatic activities, and a series of grand fjords. Carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, the lake features impressive mountain vistas and lies almost entirely within a national park. Hop aboard a kayak or boat tour from a local operator to explore from the water's surface, or hit one of the many surrounding trails through the lake's vast wilderness. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even glimpse the critically endangered takahe, a local flightless bird species. Put Lake Te Anau on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Te Anau itinerary maker.
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  • There is nothing much to see here at Lake Te Anau. I believe most visitors are here just for a transit to Milford Sound or aome other attractions. The town is quiet and offers very few activities. I w...  more »
  • The mornings usually start out cloudy. It clear by the afternoon. We just wanted to hike, we hiked from our hotel (Distinction) and followed the walking trail to the north(?) passed a sweet little bir...  more »
  • This is one of the largest lakes in South Island, but we only caught occasional glances of it. We enjoyed it but it was not particularly special.