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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  • Great spot for a picnic or lunch outstanding views and perfect place to take photographs. Kids will love playing near the clear blue water and parents can relax knowing its a safe place. 
  • The whole beauty of the Lake can learn only from the air, but also a walk along the shoreline in Te Anau or the trip along the shore towards Milford Sound be forgotten. Boat tours are offered for example to the glow-worm cave or even sightseeing flights by seaplane or helicopter.
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  • Super beautiful! Super lovely! Awesome that I got to experience it, all on this side of the world need to go see it!!