The township of Te Anau, on the South Island, sits in an idyllic location on the edge of New Zealand’s second largest lake, Lake Te Anau.The hub of Fiordland National Park and World Heritage area with its scenic wonders and mysterious rain forests, Te Anau is a great place for an adventure. Start at the Fiordland National Park, including the spectacular Fiords of Milford Sound & Doubtful Sound. Spend the day cruising or kayaking on the Fiords or explore the rugged landscape that surrounds Te Anau by horseback or jetboat. Te Anau is also home to the spectacular Te Anu Glow Worm Caves, the only publicly accessible geologically evolving caves in the Southern Hemisphere.
The walking tracks of Milford, Kepler, Routeburn, Greenstone and Hollyford are practically on Te Anau’s doorstep. Each year tens of thousands of walkers make the pilgrimage to undertake at least one of these three-to-four day treks through ancient forests, across open mountain ranges and beside sky-coloured riverbeds. The less fit or time-restricted visitor can take a bird's eye view of the wild landscapes by chartering a scenic flight.
Of course, it’s not all about exploring the wilderness at Te Anau. Pack your fishing gear and head on a fishing cruise, or bring your golf clubs along and tee off at the Te Anau Golf Club, which features fabulous views of the lakes and surrounding mountains. The area also has many excellent eateries to tantalize the tastebuds, whether it’s for a simple meal or fine dining; café or silver service restaurant. There is also shopping seven days a week in Te Anau, with souvenirs and high class apparel made of sheepskin in plentiful supply.
Te Anau is the place where visitors can step back from the fast pace of city life and enjoy the tranquil setting of this magnificent region… so why not book your Te Anau hotel and start exploring?
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Hotels in Te Anau start at AU$67 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.