Te Anau

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Te Anau featuring landscape views and a lake or waterhole

Nestled on Lake Te Anau’s eastern shore, this town is the perfect place to stay when exploring nearby fiords and forested mountains.

Te Anau is a pretty lakeside town in New Zealand’s Southland region. The town provides a visitor base for an immense national park, containing many different environments. Natural areas include dense rainforests, jagged mountains and striking fiords. Enjoy freshly caught seafood in a local restaurant and venture outwards into the region’s many natural sites.

Stay in Te Anau for excellent hiking trails, including the Kepler Track. Complete this 67-kilometre (42-mile) hike in 3 to 4 days. One of New Zealand’s best trails, it features outstanding views of exposed alpine ridge tops and glacial valleys. The Milford Track is another great hike, going north from the lake’s northern tip.

The charming town sits on the edge of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake by surface area on New Zealand’s South Island. Fishing, swimming and kayaking are popular activities on the lake. Notice the jagged mountains and mighty fiords in the distance as you relax near the water’s edge.

Find Fiordland National Park outside the small town of Te Anau. At more than 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres), this national park is New Zealand’s largest. Discover a vast range of wildlife, such as dolphins, seals and birds. The national park’s varied environments include fiords, glaciers, misty forested valleys and rugged mountains.

See hundreds of luminous glowworms in the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, a vast network of passages with whirlpools and underground waterfalls. They were created by river water rushing through the limestone formations over centuries. Explore the mysterious caves in a purpose-built boat with an expert tour guide.

Stay in the lakeside town of Te Anau for access to Fiordland National Park. The park contains some of New Zealand’s most popular destinations, including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Accommodations include luxury hotels and motels. Te Anau is about 640 kilometres (400 miles) from Christchurch.

Purchase outdoor supplies and visit fine restaurants in Te Anau while viewing some of New Zealand’s most incredible natural areas.

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
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.
Situated in Te Anau, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Luxmore Jet and Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. Lake Te Anau and Te Wahipounamu are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"Lovely old school motel with spectacular views and large rooms. Great in room facilities"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

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.
Situated in a regional park, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Te Wahipounamu, Luxmore Jet and Fiordland Cinema. Lake Te Anau and Fiordland National Park ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (219 reviews)
"Excellent motel and great hosts"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Explorer Motel & Apartments
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.
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.
Situated on the riverfront, this eco-friendly campsite is within 2 miles (3 km) of Te Wahipounamu, Lake Te Anau and Fiordland Cinema. Luxmore Jet and Fiordland ...
3.7/5 Good! (172 reviews)
"Absolutely lovely staff! We will be back, thank you for being so flexible with our family"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park
Te Anau Deluxe Apartments
Te Anau Deluxe Apartments
3.5 out of 5
128a Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau, Fiordland
The price is AU$392 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Situated in Te Anau, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Te Wahipounamu and Lake Te Anau. Luxmore Jet and Fiordland Cinema are also within 10 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (38 reviews)
Best apartment in New Zealand
"Wonderful apartment. Great service. This was our favorite apartment in New Zealand"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

Te Anau Deluxe Apartments
Brand new modern 3 bedroom house with lakeviews 200m from lake
Brand new modern 3 bedroom house with lakeviews 200m from lake
41 Asher Ave, Te Anau, Southland
The price is AU$294 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Situated in Te Anau, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Te Wahipounamu and Lake Te Anau. Fiordland Cinema and Luxmore Jet are also within 2 miles ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Primo!
"Beautiful house and location."

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2021

Brand new modern 3 bedroom house with lakeviews 200m from lake
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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