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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  • Second-largest lake in New Zealand; good for boat trips, Glohworm cave and ride on a sailing ship.
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  • Another beautiful lake in New Zealand. Very big, there are multiply locations you can get great pictures. Maybe it's the weather, I think couple of other lakes on the south island looks better than th...  more »
  • We were greeted by our host and with many tips about the place and the activities, special sights, walks and views including maps. He booked us the restaurant for dinner as we would otherwise have no table, as we learned later in the restaurant. Could we leave our car another day and night there because we spent a night on the ship in the Milford sounds. The room was top, and as a super service you could help yourself to the wine in the fridge.
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