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What travelers to Te Anau are saying

Lovely location ideally suited to bus & boat tours of Milford Sounds, Doubtful Sounds and Te Anau Glow worm caves. Numerous restaurants with good variety.
Kathy H. 28 Apr 2015
In early September it was still fairly quiet - but a lovely town and good access to Milford Sound.
JJ. 28 Sep 2015

Tantalising Te Anau

Te Anau is situated at the bottom of New Zealand. And it’s a bottom so pert you’ll find yourself wanting to admire it from every angle. Sitting on Lake Te Anau, (which borders Fiordland National Park) this is nearly as far south as you can go before falling into the ocean. Don’t panic, though – it would be hard to actually fall off the edge, considering the coast is covered with mountains.

While many people use Te Anau as a stopping ground to get to Milford Sound, there is plenty to do closer to the town itself. In fact, the town is often referred to as the walking capital of the world, due to the many amazing tracks in the area. You can access the likes of the Kepler Track by walking from the town centre. Bottoms up!

Te Anau’s Top 10

10. Astronomy Fiordland With no light pollution, this is a perfect place to take in the night sky.

5. Milford Track Crystal-clear rivers, ancient forests, alpine scenery – sure beats the walk to the bus stop every morning.

9. Fiordland Museum History on display – get amongst the old stuff.

4. Lake Marian You will have to use your eyes or Google an image, as there are no words for this type of beauty.

8. Te Anau Wildlife Centre Visit some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds before it’s too late.

3. Glow Worm Caves Only accessible by water, an abundance of glowworms and underground waterfalls await. What more do you want from a cave?

7. Walking Enjoy the freedom and get inspired by the natural beauty in the walking capital of the world.

2. Lake Te Anau Take a boat cruise into the various fiords on the largest lake on the South Island.

6. Underwater World Stay dry as you go beneath the surface and view the rare black coral.

1. Milford Sound Rudyard Kipling called it the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ and it is undeniably one of the most scenic places on the planet.

Te Anau Events

The Hunters Ball in September may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this black tie event will have you feeling like the glitterati as you bid for various items.

In October, celebrate the colourful landscape at the Te Anau Spring Flower Show.

Also in October is the Te Anau Club’s Annual Fishing Competition. If you fancy yourself as a fisherman, get out on the water.

Get your running shoes on in December for the Nike ACG Kepler Challenge, which will see you running the Kepler Track in this ultra-marathon event. Hope you’ve been training!

Come and join in the fun in Lion’s Park at the New Year’s Eve Party and Fireworks in the Park celebrations.

When To Go

Te Anau is a water wonderland, with fiords, lakes and waterfalls. But all this water has to come from somewhere… What we’re trying to say is pack a raincoat if you plan on exploring.

During the summer, with average temperatures around 22ºC (72ºF), the area also experiences longer twilights, allowing you to pack more into each day.

Winter is far colder, but no less spectacular.

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Getting Aroung

When you’re in the walking capital of the world, you walk!

If you want to visit some of the gorgeous places nearby, a bus is a good, comfortable option.

Immerse yourself in the splendour on a boat trip through the various fiords.

General Information

The debut point of perhaps the most scenic drive in the world is a South Island gem. Like other destinations throughout New Zealand, Te Anau provides access to magnificent natural beauty and recreation. The notable difference in the town of less than 2,000 people however, is Milford Road and the presence of Fiordland National Park.

The diminutive town is on the front doorstep of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and for that reason alone, Te Anau has more hotel beds than permanent residents. The appeal of Fiordland is self-evident. Home to a feral coastline, inimitable marine environment and landscape, the park's 12,500 km² inspires awe and reverence. The star attraction of course is Milford Sound, the unequivocal icon of New Zealand and perpetual world wonder candidate. Other points of interest include Lake Te Anau, Sutherland Falls, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. The temperate rainforests of Fiordland National Park also contain a wonderful array of endemic fauna and flora.

Attractions & Activities


  • Milford Sound
  • Lake Te Anau
  • Doubtful Sound
  • Dusky Sound
  • Te Anau Caves
  • Activities

  • Boat Excursions
  • Golf
  • Scenic Flights
  • Te Anau Rodeo
  • Farm Visits
  • Restaurant & Nightlife


  • Fat Duck
  • Indian Summer
  • Redcliff Restaurant & Bar
  • Josswood
  • Kepler's Restaurant
  • Nightlife

  • The Ranch
  • The Moose
  • Redcliff Restaurant & Bar
  • Climate

    Te Anau has a mild climate, with four distinct seasons.

    • Summer (November to February) 8-21°C
    • Fall (March to May) 5-19°C
    • Winter (June to August) 2-11°C
    • Spring (September to October) 5-16°C

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    From US$75

    1 Anchorage Motel Apartments

    4 stars
    4.4 / 5 23 reviews

    47 Quintin Drive Map

    Offering self-catering apartments just a quick stroll to Lake Te Anau, Anchorage Motel Apartments Te Anau makes for an ideal choice for leisure travellers on an extended holiday in this part of... More

    Fabulous family trip
    Hotplate in a strange location! But manageable. The motel unit was otherwise fantastic. Very clean and very comfortable.
    2 May 2015
    From US$135

    2 Radfords on the Lake

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    56 Lakefront Drive Map

    Radfords on the Lake greets holidaymakers and outdoor enthusiasts with elegant accommodations set amidst charming lakes and mountain ranges. While visiting Te Anau, travellers can check out the... More

    Ideal Location
    A lovely motel, very comfortable, warm & roomy with cooking facilities which was handy. Carrie, the proprietor was very friendly & helpful about attractions in and around Te Anau. Would stay again...
    13 May 2014
    From US$72

    3 Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 13 reviews

    77 Manapouri - Te Anau Highway Map

    Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels offers travellers comfortable accommodations and recreational activities set in Holiday Park on the shores of Lake Te Anau. Holidaymakers exploring... More

    Our two nights spent at the accommodation was comfortable and we only had trouble finding the iron in the laundry (shared)
    6 Apr 2015
    From US$93

    4 Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

    3 stars
    4.3 / 5 41 reviews

    Town Centre Map

    Elegance and refinement seamlessly blend with serene surroundings of Lake Te Anau at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel that offers gracious hospitality and impeccable service to make your stay a... More

    Good spot
    The room was large and quite nice. It was very comfortable and warm with nice views towards the mountains. There's ample parking and it's right in the middle of town.
    28 Sep 2015
    From US$58

    5 Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

    3 stars
    4.4 / 5 25 reviews

    20 Lakefront Drive Map

    Whether you are on a romantic getaway or a business trip, the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is an ideal base for exploring the wonders of the region. Visitors at this hotel enjoy scenic mountain and lake... More

    great place to stay to do Milford Sound
    We have stayed here a few times on our trips to New Zealand.It is only 3 star but always clean,comfy & we always get a good nights sleep.Close enough to walk into town & lovely walk around the...
    25 Nov 2014
    From US$130

    6 Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

    4 stars
    4.6 / 5 30 reviews

    Lakefront Drive Map

    Nestled on the edge of New Zealand's second largest lake, the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas with its premium accommodation and excellent service makes your holiday a pleasant and memorable... More

    Great trip
    Hotel very comfortable, great location by the lake with good views. Staff friendly, helpful, good advice on local events tours and surround. Service excellent and in house restaurant very nice....
    29 Apr 2015
    From US$528

    7 Fiordland Lodge

    5 stars
    4.0 / 5

    472 Te Anau Milford Highway Map

    Fiordland Lodge Te Anau is situated in the panoramic setting of Fiordland National Park. The architecture is fairly modern with timber construction. The interiors are lavishly decorated especially... More

    From US$54

    8 Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

    3 stars
    3.3 / 5

    68 Cathedral Drive Map

    Welcome to our Hotel! Situated fifteen minutes scenic drive from Te Anau, which is the departure point for Doubtful Sound trips. The Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn is the ideal base for all Fiordland... More

    9 Takaro Lodge

    5 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    914 Takaro Road Map

    Includes Fruit Basket, Non Alcoholic Drinks & MORE

    The Takaro Lodge Te Anau is a luxury resort, nestled amidst pristine National Forest and combines the best of New Zealand with modern elegant accommodation as well as conference and spa... More

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