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. 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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  • Another wonderful lake surrounded by mountainous terrain. One of the largest in the country. Boat trips and flights give you a closer look but the roads around the lake were good and plenty of pull-in...  more »
  • This Lake is in a city super duper cool. It's beautiful, magical as the other lakes in the South Island. Is mandatory for gateway to Milford Sound, thank goodness!
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  • Very nice during the day, returning at night for stargazing; We could see the milky way.
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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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