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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  • Must visit on the way to Milford sound. A small stop for a lot of tourist to take break. Nice place to stop and take snaps on the way to Milford sound.  more »
  • Very quiet and relaxing lakeside. From this lake you can experience doing such as glowworms and helicopter sightseeing. It is nice to take a walk on a peaceful Lake.
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  • Beautiful Lake and the surrounding area offers many opportunities for active activities. There include three great walks
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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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