Lake Te Anau, Te Anau

4.5
#4 of 49 in Parks in Southland Region
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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  • The views across the lake are stunning. Of course, it runs nearly all the way to Milford Sound, so I am referring to the views in town. We stayed at a motel just across from the lake and I found it di...  more »
  • This is a lovely lake on South Island, a starting point for tours to Milford Sound. It is quiet especially in the evening.  more »
  • A big lake right in front of the town of Te Anau. I walked and cycled along the lake. It was a very memorable experience.  more »
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  • Such a beautiful view all around the lake. Glow Worm caves on the lake is a must! Please bring windproof jackets as on the boats, the wind is a killer. If you are lucky your captain will tell you about the history of the lake which is also amazing. Have fun!
  • One of the prettiest places in the south island. Make sure to book 2 nights so you can do the bus & ferry day trip to Milford sounds without rushing.
  • Beautiful place to stay. The water is so clear. There are public showers but they cost $5 for 8mins which is steep in my opinion. There's a swimming pool but that's expensive and it's cold. And you have to pay to shower. Of course you could always swim in the lake :). The lakefront is where all the accommodation is too.
  • Picturesque lake with a range of recreational activities ranging from jet skiing, swimming and visiting glow worms. To do the latter you will need to book through one of the guides as you need a license from the Department of Conservation to access the caves. I definitely recommend visiting the glow worm caves.
  • Beautiful lake they say 66 klms long & extremely deep to put it mildly. If you're staying at the town of Te Anau you'll probably go over on the boat to the Glow Worm caves on the Real Journeys boat.
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