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.

Lakeside Motel & Apartments
Lakeside Motel & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
36 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau
The price is RM271 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star motel in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (991 reviews)
"Lovely view of the lake"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2022

Lakeside Motel & Apartments
Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments
Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments
4 out of 5
42 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, 9600
The price is RM413 per night from 23 Jul to 24 Jul
Stay at this 4-star beach motel in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (353 reviews)
"Great location and service"

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2022

Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments
ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments
ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments
3 out of 5
6 Cleddau Street, (Corner Cleddau & Mokoroa Street), Te Anau, 9600
The price is RM313 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Stay at this 3-star motel in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (229 reviews)
"Welcoming, easy, warm, very helpful. Beds were sooo comfortable, they were difficult to leave"

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2022

ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments
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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 ...
Kepler Oaks Chalet
Ti Kouka Villa
Ti Kouka Villa
3.5 out of 5
51 Howden St, Te Anau, Southland, 9600
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly holiday home in Te Anau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the property condition in their ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Property was in excellent condition. Would recommend to others."

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2019

Ti Kouka Villa
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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