Lake Te Anau, Te Anau

4.6
#4 of 49 in Parks in Southland Region
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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  • Our motel was just across the street from the lake and we walked along the shore a number of times to enjoy the scenic beauty. We were at the end of the lake adjacent to Te Anau and there were very fe...  more »
  • We stayed at Te Anau for a couple of nights and enjoyed walking around the lake's edge, then cooling off with a craft beer in one of the many drinking spots in town. Gorgeous lake, best appreciated wh...  more »
  • Sadly the weather wasn’t on our side and this lake is quite open too so very windy. Still very nice and lots of walking tracks about. The visitor centre is also right on the lake — I’m sure there coul...  more »
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