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 place to relax on the benches in front of the lake. Maybe it needs more activities on the lake. 
  • Great place to start your NZ holiday. Perhaps a little overpriced due to demand vs supply of accomodation. Everything else seemed reasonable. Beautiful surroundings, friendly people, lots of food choi...  more »
  • Wandered along the edge of the lake on a blustery afternoon, it certainly cleared the tubes. The view across the lake was stunning even if it was dull and overcast. There were people enjoying the lake...  more »