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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  • Lake Te Anau is a resort town with many attractions, we used it as a base for our scenic flight. Though small, the town offers a good selection of cafes, restaurants, motels and hotels, camping ground...  more »
  • Lake Te Anau is huge and you drive along the length of it during the drive into MIlford Sound. There are some nice walking trails around the lake in the town of Te Anau which made for a nice evening a...  more »
  • It is a town go to Milford Sound. It is a 2 and a half hours from Queenstown. And maybe go on bus tours to the resting place of the first. So far no reverse. Cafes, supermarket and souvenir shop. Pay toilets are very clean.
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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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