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. Work out when and for how long to visit Lake Te Anau and other Te Anau attractions using our handy Te Anau trip planner .
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  • Mill for ^ 1 hour stay at the lunch break on the way back from the Dsound and ate a sandwich on a lakeside bench overlooking the Lake. Lake tourist boats before the cruise ship pier was also hardly a quiet excellent. Mountains in the area of New Zealand South Island's largest lake on the Lake is very clean, stay overnight in Te Anau, laid-back day thought. Pretty friendly birds congregate on the shore.
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  • A lovely lake - a lovely walk round part of the lake. Boat trip across the lake. Which ever way you experience the lake it is beautiful.  more »
  • The location surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. The first part of the Kepler track leads in close proximity to the shore at the Middle, and offers excellent views of the rain forest, is up on the opposite, or the snow-capped mountains in the distance.
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Where to stay in Te Anau

Despite its modest size, Te Anau offers a decent range of accommodations from which to explore the surrounding national park. Boutique hotels, economy motels with kitchenettes, and rental apartments cluster mostly in the town center, but also along the main roads that lead into it. Campsites offer a good option for those wanting a full-on outdoor holiday. Reserve in advance for busier periods.
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