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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  • We stayed in a house just off the lake, and every time we went out we were impressed again as there was so much to see. The activities were extensive - boats, helicopters, sea planes, cruisers, to nam...  more »
  • We walked from the camp site, North of the city center, along the banks to the Wildlife Center, a trip of 40 minutes. This allowed the more we enjoy. The trail provides scenic views
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  • A friend and I took the opportunity to see the lake from the air and were not disappointed ! My son recommended the trip and I'm glad I listened to him ! We witnessed the hidden lakes on a beautiful c...  more »