Te Anau

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Te Anau which includes a lake or waterhole and landscape views
With its stunning lake, excellent walking trails and mesmerising glow worm cave, this town is more than just an access point for the sounds of Fiordland. 

Go kayaking or fishing at the still waters of New Zealand’s second-largest lake, view the colourful native birds or take a night ride through glow worm caves in pretty Te Anau. Use the town as a base for exploring nearby fiords and hiking trails, or relax here for a few days enjoying tranquil local walking trails and excellent restaurants. 

Te Anau is often called the gateway to Fiordland, but the town and surrounding area certainly warrant at least a day’s exploring. Foremost among the attractions is the magnificent Lake Te Anau. Like many of the Fiordland’s attractions, this was created by a glacier. It’s a staggering 1,368 feet (417 metres) at its deepest point. Rent a kayak and head out onto the water. In the warmer summer months, go swimming in the lake’s cool waters. 

Be sure to take a walk to the Te Anau Wildlife Park, where you can look out for the colourful kaka and tui birds. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the flightless takahe. The park at Te Anau is one of only a handful of locations where this incredibly rare bird can still be seen in the wild.

For a unique experience, don’t miss the eerie glow worm caves. Join a tour, which starts with a boat trip over the lake to a quiet grotto. You will then be led into a network of underground tunnels. Once your eyes adjust to the dark, see constellations of hundreds of tiny glow worms clinging to the roof of the caves. Your experienced guide will tell you the history of the caves, which were rediscovered in 1948. Tours last approximately 2 hours.

Due to its reputation as a jumping-off point for visitors to Milford Sound, Te Anau has a wide selection of quality restaurants and cafés, as well as some luxury hotels and spas. It’s a good idea to book accommodation early during the warmer months.

Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
4.5 out of 5
77 Manapouri - Te Anau Highway, Te Anau, 9460
The price is RM227 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
RM227
per night
6 Mar - 7 Mar
Stay at this 4.5-star eco-friendly holiday park in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (741 reviews)
"Прекрасные аппартаменты с видом на озеро"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2023

Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
Tasman Holiday Parks - Te Anau
Tasman Holiday Parks - Te Anau
5 out of 5
128 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau, 9600
The price is RM428 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
RM428
per night
13 Feb - 14 Feb
Stay at this 5-star luxury holiday park in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a sauna. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (597 reviews)
"extra fee for the spa not advertised and disappointing"

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2023

Tasman Holiday Parks - Te Anau
The Village Inn Hotel
The Village Inn Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Mokoroa Street, Te Anau, 9640
The price is RM411 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
RM411
per night
6 Mar - 7 Mar
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Fiordland Cinema and Luxmore Jet are ...
3.8/5 Good! (220 reviews)
"The property is dated and needs major works to improve the quality the place can offer. Stayed with family. The facility manager was good."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2023

The Village Inn Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kepler Oaks Chalet
Kepler Oaks Chalet
3.5 out of 5
207 William Stephen Road, Te Anau, 9679
Stay at this 3.5-star golf holiday home in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and hot springs on site. Popular attractions Te Anau Golf Course and Kepler ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Beautiful environment with easy walk to awesome river with running rapids. Modern spacious accommodation, with a variety of animals around and views. Easy short drive from the Te Anau. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2023

Kepler Oaks Chalet
Kea Cottage
Kea Cottage
3 out of 5
8 Waiau Court, Te Anau, 9600
Stay at this 3-star holiday home in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre and Luxmore ...
Kea Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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