Te Anau in Fiordland, New Zealand is an ideal base for exploring the Fiordland region. An attractive resort town and holiday destination, Te Anau is just twenty minutes drive from picturesque Lake Manapouri. more
Te Anau township in Fiordland, New Zealand lies at the base of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountain range. It boarders Lake Te Anau which is the largest lake in the South Island (depths of over 400m) and the second largest in New Zealand.
Te Anau is the main gateway to the fiords, Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. The town is located between Queenstown to Milford Sound. By road it’s a 2 hour drive from Queenstown and about 2 ½ hours from Milford Sound. Regular guided tours to Milford Sound depart from Te Anau. Other than by car or motorhome, transport to Te Anua is via regular scheduled coach services.
The weather in Te Anau in winter is cold with frosty mornings and clear days. Rain is reasonably common and occasional snow. Summer weather is generally hot and dry with temperatures averaging about 20 degrees celcius.
A wide range of accommodation are available and the area boasts about 4,000 beds from hotels, lodges, motels, homestyle bed and breakfast through to backpacker, budget and holiday park accommodation. Travellers are advised to book in during the summer months December, January and February as accommodation is likely to be in high demand.
Te Anau is a tourist town and as such caters for visitors seven days a week. There is a variety of local cafes, takeaway outlets, restaurants and shops. Other normal services include banks, service stations for fuel, medical centre and Te Anau rental car hire.
Two of New Zealand’s great walks also start at Lake Te Anau. The world renowned Milford Track starts at its northern point, while the popular Kelper Track starts and ends at the lake’s south end which is an easy walk from Te Anau town centre.
Visitors to Te Anau have a good choice of things to do and see walks, tramping, scenic flights, boat cruises, kayaking, fishing, golf, tours and more. Be sure to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. This is a rare example of a living cave that is still under formation. A lovely cruise across the lake drops you off at a place called The Grotto where a short walk and boat ride takes you deep into the 15,000 year old cave, lit by thousands of tiny Glowworm insects.
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Warm, affordable accommodation in World Heritage area. Range of ground-floor, non-smoking units with excellent facilities. Room breakfast service. Pet friendly with playground for children makes us a great family place to stay. Close to lake, restaurants and shops. Comfortable day trip to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Tour bookings arranged. Friendly, helpful hosts keen to make your stay pleasant.
Mobile-friendly - Alpine View Motel offers comfortable, affordable, and family-friendly Te Anau accommodation near the shores of Lake Te Anau. Located in spacious-surroundings 5mins walk to town-centre, restaurants and shops. BBQ area, children's adventure playground, wireless-internet available in all rooms and 12 channels of freeview TV. Excellent base from which to explore Te Anau, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Fiordland National Park.
Mobile-friendly - Altitude Tours are all about turning average holidays into epic adventures, taking you on top-rated journeys to Milford Sound, Gibbston, Central Otago, Glenorchy & Paradise or Mt Cook on daily departure tours from Queenstown. Enjoy travelling in a small group in modern Mercedes Sprinters, with an experienced and entertaining local guide.
Mobile-friendly - With 2000-acres of farmland bordering the Fiordland National Park, Cabot Lodge is a luxury escape on the doorstep of Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford Tracks. This luxury lodge accommodates up to ten guests and offers an array of experiences, including farm tours, private hiking trails, remote hilltop spa pool experience and a private fishing jetty.
We have an adventure package to suit EVERYONE! Touring isn't just a job for us, it's a lifestyle! We are local, we are fun and we love adventure, so who better to guide you on your epic South Island adventure tour than us!?
Mobile-friendly - Experience the best New Zealand has to offer on a small group day tour with Cheeky Kiwi Travel. We offer day trips & multi tours to the most popular destinations around Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown. Our fully guided small group tours & day trips are run in modern, comfortable minibuses & our guides bring the journey to life.
Mobile-friendly - The perfect holiday base for your Fiordland travel, the 4 star hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Te Anau, gateway to the stunning Milford Sound and Doubtful Sounds. Offering 180 comfortable rooms & suites plus 2 popular restaurants and a bar, FREE unlimited WiFi, complimentary guest car parking and an excellent standard of service.
Mobile-friendly - Dunluce is a Luxury boutique bed and breakfast with stunning lake and mountain views. We feature a guest wing with a private lounge and four stylish lake facing en suite rooms. A full gourmet breakfast is included. Fall in love with our exquisite ensuite rooms overlooking Lake Te Anau and the mountains of Fiordland National Park; a World Heritage gem.
Jet boat down the Waiau River to the deserted shores of Lake Manapouri - named NZ's most beautiful lake - and walk in lush beech forest in Fiordland National Park. Travel through spectacular scenes from Lord of the Rings; see trout in crystal-clear waters; all while enjoying the innate fun a jet boat has to offer - speed and spins!
Located on the shore of Lake Te Anau, all apartments have terrific lake views. We have a selection of apartments with our brand new Luxury Tanara Studio Apartments open late 2019 especially for couples. We are a 10 minute walk to the Town Centre with free wifi in all apartments. The perfect place to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
Mobile-friendly - Tranquil location right beside the lake at Te Anau Downs, just 30km north of Te Anau and 91kms from Milford Sound. We are only 600m from the boat departure point for the famous Milford Track. A peaceful area in Fiordland National Park with spectacular views. Three types of accommodation: motel units, lodge or backpacker rooms - linen supplied and ensuites.
Mobile-friendly - Whether it’s water taxi transfers, all-in-one transport packages or making sense of getting to the Great Walks, we’re here to make adventures happen. Fiordland Outdoors Co has transported thousands of hikers, hunters and explorers into Fiordland National Park for unforgettable experiences in nature. Fiordland is our backyard. Sustainability and guardianship are at the forefront of everything we do.
George Sound is accessible by boat, float plane and helicopter - several boat operators take groups from the track end on the Middle Fiord and provide boat transport on Lake Hankinson. Once there, hikers (or trampers as they are more commonly called in New Zealand) can take between 2-3 days to complete the George Sound track.
Mobile-friendly - Located in Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Valley is as remote as it is spectacular. This diverse landscape is the source of abundant native flora and fauna, as well as a wealth of local legends. Spend your days with our passionate local guides discovering the stories of the Hollyford, and your evenings relaxing in the comfort of our private lodges.
Farmlet near Kepler Track, with ponies, sheep, chickens, dog, cat, rabbit and goat. Tours includes pony grooming and rides followed by short quiz, prize and refreshments. Boutique scenic treks for 1-3 riders give an opportunity to ride alongside Fiordland National Park, Lake Te Anau and Waiau River (the River Anduin in the Lord of the Rings movie).
Self contained two bedroom Chalet within National Park Scenic Reserve. Rural area with animal interaction. A slice of paradise 10 minutes walk to Kepler Track, Waiau River and Golf Course. Horse ride along Lake Te Anau or the Waiau River. Chalet sleeps five, large bathroom with spa bath, full kitchen, washing machine, free Wi-Fi. Continental breakfast provisions.
Mobile-friendly - New Zealand holiday travel guide for families - the only dedicated family travel webguide to New Zealand. Kidz Go provides information for families visiting Queenstown, Wanaka or Te Anau. Family friendly accommodation, dining and activities, minimum ages for adventure stuff, child-minding, skiing with kids and more. Check our website for family information for all other New Zealand regions.
Situated close to the spectacular shores of Lake Te Anau. Modern, up-market motel, offering accommodation and friendly, helpful service. Double spa bath units available. Free Wireless Internet in all rooms. Short walking distance to town centre. Take time out and relax with us after completing one of our many wonderful walking tracks or while visiting Milford and Doubtful Sounds.
The Mavora Lakes are considered to be one of the treasures of Southland and part of Te Wāhipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Located in the south-west corner of New Zealand's South Island, the landscape is dominated by mountains, lakes, forests and grasslands.
Mobile-friendly - Personalised small group or Private Discovery Tour to the Fiordland wilderness. Experience glaciers, rainforests, waterfalls and wildlife. Highlights and stops include the Mirror Lakes boardwalk, Knobs Flat, The Divide, Hollyford Valley lookout, The Chasm & the Homer Tunnel. At Milford Sound we take a 1.45 hour Scenic Cruise on the fiord with a less crowded small boat personal tour.
Mobile-friendly - New Zealand is a land of unequalled beauty, with spectacular landscapes and experiences found nowhere else in the world. My name is Tom Taylor, and as the owner and operator of Opulence Tours I invite you to let me take you, as your personal guide, to experience the very best of New Zealand.
Mobile-friendly - Explore Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys, a local company that has operated excursions in Fiordland for 60 years. Choose day, overnight or coach/cruise options: *Wilderness Day Cruises - a three-hour wilderness cruise through the fiord with our on-board nature guide. *Overnight Cruises - the ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience in Doubtful Sound (private en suite cabins).
Mobile-friendly - Discover Fiordland, Queenstown and Te Anau with Real Journeys, a local company that has guided excursions into these unique areas for 60 years. Choose day, overnight or coach/cruise options to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Visit the Te Anau Glowworms Caves, try the Milford Track Guided Day Walk, Queenstown's iconic TSS Earnslaw Steamship and Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Mobile-friendly - This is a great opportunity to visit Fiordland National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Area, and experience two of our most popular trips in one day, accompanied by a local guide. All the elements of the day's itinerary run seamlessly to ensure the best possible experience and maximising your time in this beautiful region.
Mobile-friendly - Locally owned company offering outstanding range of tours in Milford Sound. Both day and overnight cruises that explore this magnificent fiord. Luxury coach transfers from Queenstown and Te Anau and flight connections to/from Milford Sound/Queenstown.
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Predator Free Rakiura & Predator Free 2050 evening talk
Join Southern Ecological Restoration Network (SERN) members for an evening talk on Predator Free Rakiura (by Project Director, Campbell Leckie) and Predator Free 2050 (by Board Director, Estelle Leask). As this talk ...
Where: Fiordland National Park Visitors Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 19th November 2022
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 19th November 2022
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It's all about seafood. Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime on board our 27-metre expedition vessel Flightless, exploring Dusky Sound. Gather a variety of fresh seafood, learn how to treat it respectfully, process it ...
Where: Tamatea/ Dusky Sound, Te Anau, Southland
Address: Dusky Sound, Fiordland
From: 10:00am on Friday 2nd December 2022
To: 1:00pm on Monday 5th December 2022
Fiordland History Adventure
Join us on our History Adventure as we explore the remote fiords of Dusky/Breaksea on board our 27m expedition vessel Flightless. Although history is the focus there'll be plenty of time to kayak, hunt, free dive, ...
Where: Tamatea/ Dusky Sound, Te Anau, Southland
Address: Dusky Sound, Fiordland
From: 11:00am on Thursday 5th January 2023
To: 1:00pm on Monday 9th January 2023
Milford Mountain Classic
Join the 120km long road cycle race from Milford Sound to Te Anau along what is described as the most beautiful stretch of road in the world! Whether you are NZ Cycling’s Elite Riders or those just wanting to give it a ...
Where: Milford Road, Te Anau, Southland
From: 12:00pm on Saturday 18th February 2023
To: 8:00pm on Saturday 18th February 2023
Heart of the Highlands
The 2022 Te Anau Tartan Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19 red restrictions. However Easter 2023 is on - see you in Te Anau in April 2023. Book early to ensure you don't miss this once in a lifetime ...
Where: Fiordland Community Events Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: 20-22 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 7:00pm on Friday 7th April 2023
To: 10:00pm on Sunday 9th April 2023