The serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau make up the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in NZ, and are bordered on its western shore by lush virgin forest.
The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of this beautiful lake, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains.
Te Anau is the 'Gateway to Fiordland' being the closest town to Milford Sound, a scenic 2½ hour drive away. The proximity of 3 of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks places Te Anau firmly on the map as 'The Walking Capital of the World'. Fiordland is home to The Milford Track, Kepler Track and Routeburn Track.
A wide range of accommodation offers over 4,000 beds to weary travellers. Lodge, hotel, motel and boutique accommodation provide a restful break in comfort and style, while home and farm stays provide a genuine Kiwi experience. A range of holiday parks, backpacker and budget options ensure that everyone can find accommodation to suit their needs. Visitors are advised to book in advance during the summer months (particularly in February) as accommodation is in high demand.
Local cafés and restaurants provide a variety of dining options, from fish and chips to fine dining, and the opportunity to sample local Fiordland fare of venison, lobster and other seafood.
Te Anau offers seven day a week shopping facilities with competitively priced goods, including high quality apparel, gift and souvenir shops.
A full range of services exists within the town including ATM facilities, two major banks, service stations (offering fuel and workshop facilities), rental cars, medical centre and dentist.
120kms to Milford Sound
170kms to Queenstown
152kms to Invercargill
290kms to Dunedin
20kms to Manapouri
652kms to Christchurch
- Quick Facts
Population approx 2000
Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island
Lake Depth: 417m max