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Te Anau

Te Anau is the Gateway to Fiordland being the closest town

to Milford Sound, with a spectacular 2.5 hour drive. The

international reputation as the “walking capital of the world”

is well earned, with Te Anau being the departure point for

many excellent walking tracks. Coach and boat transfers are

available to all major tracks including the Milford, Routeburn

and Kepler Great Walks. Te Anau offers a range of activities on

or off the water, fine restaurants, shopping and a large range of

accommodation options.

Lodge, hotel, motel and boutique accommodation provide a

restful break in comfort and style, while home and farm stays

provide a genuine New Zealand 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


Families can enjoy a walk along the lakeshore to the Te Anau

Bird Sanctuary to view the extremely rare Takahe (endemic

to Fiordland), or can visit Ivon Wilson Park - ideal for a picnic

lunch, Frisbee golf or mountain biking.

A full range of services exists within the town including ATM

facilities, three banks, service stations (offering fuel and

workshop facilities), rental cars, bike hire, medical centre,

dentist, physiotherapy facilities, optometrist, pharmacy services

and snow chain hire.

Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South

Island and 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.

Looking up Lake Te Anau