Holidays in Lake Te Anau

Holiday Travel Guide
Lake Te Anau featuring a sunset, a pebble beach and mountains

Explore a geologically active glowworm cave, relax in a lakeside town and organise a kayaking adventure when visiting this spectacular glacial lake.

Enjoy bird watching, mountaineering, hiking, fishing and boating at Lake Te Anau. The lake is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural areas in New Zealand, including inland fiords, jagged mountains and dense forested areas. Plan a long-distance hiking trip through Fiordland National Park or explore the lake on a day cruise.

Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, a vast network of underground limestone passages, teeming with luminous glowworms. The caves are located on the western shore of Lake Te Anau and can be explored by boat with an expert guide. The area is also known for its abundant wildlife, including birds, dolphins, seals and penguins.

At about 340 square kilometres (130 square miles), Lake Te Anau is the second-largest lake by surface area in New Zealand. The massive glacial lake runs more than 60 kilometres (40 miles) north to south. Book a day cruise to see many of the lake’s magnificent attractions, including three imposing fiords, called North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord.

Lake Te Anau is located mainly within Fiordland National Park, the largest national park in New Zealand. The area features many walking tracks, including easy-access short works and long-distance hikes. Discover a lookout perched over an ancient bog pine forest on the Wilderness Lookout Walk. This short walk features wheelchair access and is suitable for families. Find the entrance to Wilderness Lookout Walk about 21 kilometres (13 miles) east of Te Anau.

Fiordland National Park also contains a number of walking trails for experienced hikers. Kepler Track, a 67-kilometre (42-mile) loop, is famous for its views of Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri. Book huts and campsites in advance, as Kepler Track takes about 3 to 4 days to complete. Good fitness levels, hiking footwear and supplies are essential when attempting the track.

Lake Te Anau is about 640 kilometres (400 miles) from Christchurch. Stay in the small towns of Te Anau or Manapouri when visiting the peaceful Lake Te Anau.

131 Cheap Hotels Near Lake Te Anau

Fiordland National Park Lodge
Fiordland National Park Lodge
3 out of 5
2681 Te Anau-Milford Sound Highway, (SH 94), Fiordland National Park
The price is AU$60 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Situated on a lake, this lodge is within a 5-minute walk of Lake Mistletoe and Lake Te Anau. Te Anau Downs Jetty and Te Anau Glowworm Caves are also within 9 ...
3.6/5 Good! (362 reviews)
"Overall, It was a good experience but coming to property facilities.. Room must be upgraded with modern amenities including bathrooms. Small heat pump must be installed in the bathroom as well!! I met an awesome, Friendly and knowledgeable Asst Manager and had a very good chat. Cheers, Rahul"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Fiordland National Park Lodge
Lone Moose Backpackers
Lone Moose Backpackers
2 out of 5
Te Anau-Milford Highway, Fiordland National Park, Southland
Situated on a lake, this hostel is steps away from Te Wahipounamu and Lake Mistletoe. Lake Te Anau and Te Anau Downs Jetty are also within 10 minutes.
4.4/5 Excellent! (20 reviews)
"Really friendly staff, great cafe and fab food. Perfect stop for Milford Sound"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Get rates
Lone Moose Backpackers
Aden Motel
Aden Motel
3 out of 5
57-59 Quintin Drive, Te Anau
The price is AU$88 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
This family-friendly Te Anau motel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Luxmore Jet and Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. Fiordland Cinema ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (354 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2021

Aden Motel
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.

Plan a trip to see Lake Te Anau

Panorama Terrace Apartments, Element Escapes
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Amity Serviced Apartments
Don't see what you're looking for?
See all available trips from Ashburn to Lake Te Anau
View all trips

Popular places to visit in Lake Te Anau

Holidays in Lake Te Anau

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Top Lake Te Anau Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park
Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park
4.5 out of 5
129 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau
The price is AU$57 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park
Fiordland National Park Lodge
Fiordland National Park Lodge
3 out of 5
2681 Te Anau-Milford Sound Highway, (SH 94), Fiordland National Park
The price is AU$60 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Fiordland National Park Lodge
Lone Moose Backpackers
Lone Moose Backpackers
2 out of 5
Te Anau-Milford Highway, Fiordland National Park, Southland
Lone Moose Backpackers
Aden Motel
Aden Motel
3 out of 5
57-59 Quintin Drive, Te Anau
The price is AU$88 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
Aden Motel
Fiordland Lodge
Fiordland Lodge
5 out of 5
472 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau
The price is AU$668 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Fiordland Lodge
Lakeside Motel and Apartments - Te Anau
Lakeside Motel and Apartments - Te Anau
3.5 out of 5
36 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau
The price is AU$105 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
Lakeside Motel and Apartments - Te Anau
Explorer Motel & Apartments
Explorer Motel & Apartments
3 out of 5
6 Cleddau Street, (Corner Cleddau & Mokoroa Street), Te Anau
The price is AU$134 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Explorer Motel & Apartments
Loch Vista Lake View Villa Accommodation
Loch Vista Lake View Villa Accommodation
3 out of 5
454 E Te Anau Milford Highway, R.D.1, Te Anau, Southland
Loch Vista Lake View Villa Accommodation
Getaway Te Anau
Getaway Te Anau
5 out of 5
128 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau
The price is AU$91 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Getaway Te Anau
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.