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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  • October 4, 2017
    Not so intoxicatingly beautiful as the Lake Wakatipu, but still great. It lacks the very high mountains. I could have spent some more time here, because there are also here to discover a lot. The town of Te Anau is nice.
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  • October 2, 2017
    If you are not into walks, you only really need 2 nights here. Make this the place to leave to visit Milford Sound. Start off early in the morning as it is a two hour drive which is very pleasant and ...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    The lake is the centre piece of Te Anau. Most accommodation has views of the lake which is surrounded by snow capped mountains. Great photo opportunities on & around the lake. The start of the Kepler ...  more »

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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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