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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Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Absolutely Fabulous Southern Lakes Tours! Ideal for couples or family groups of all ages. Very family friendly with no age restrictions. Four-day Lord of the Rings tours. Christchurch to Queenstown, Milford Sound and beyond plus four-day Southern Lakes Sightseeing Tours. Option to fly out of Queenstown or return to Christchurch. Tour vehicle is exclusively reserved for you.
Centrally located in a sunny area of Te Anau, only five minutes' walk from shops, cinema, restaurants and the shores of Lake Te Anau. Five studio units and two one-bedroom family units. Each offer clean and cosy accommodation in quiet surroundings. Continental breakfast available. Free WiFi. A booking agent for all the local attractions including Doubtful and Milford Sounds.
Mobile-friendly - Te Anau offers some of New Zealand's most spectacular views gazing deep into the heart of Fiordland. Come and enjoy our selection of modern and comfortable accommodation just two minutes from Lake Te Anau but away from the lakes chilly breezes. Choose from our refurbished studio units and our two bedroom ground floor units.
Mobile-friendly - Situated in a quiet, sheltered location. Affordable accommodation with full facilities designed to please. Range of modern, clean, quality, non-smoking ground-floor units. Two easy access units. Queen-size beds (king-size available). TV with video channels, Sky TV, wireless high-speed Internet access, off street parking, car and boat parking. Courtesy car, and storage for track walkers available. Motel accommodation in Te Anau.
Mobile-friendly - Located at the entrance to Fiordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island, this modern style motel accommodation comprises 18 superior self contained units. Situated at a quiet location, adjacent to a park and the closest motel to the town centre, just minutes stroll from the lakefront. Bella Vista Motel Te Anau offers quality accommodation in Fiordland at affordable rates.
Mobile-friendly - The perfect base for your Fiordland experience. Our 3 suites are self-contained with king or twin beds, ensuite bathroom and kitchenette. At the end of your day, relax in our outdoor spa pool. After a night's peaceful slumber, awake to native birdsong and stunning mountain views. A full gourmet breakfast is included. Just a 5 minute stroll to town.
Mobile-friendly - Milford Sound awaits! From your base in Te Anau, at Distinction Luxmore Hotel, you are ideally situated to explore Fiordland National Park and world-famous Milford Sound. Superior and standard accommodation options with free WiFi. Conference facilities for up to 200 guests. Warm, friendly and efficient service. Click through to view website and BOOK NOW link.
Mobile-friendly - The hotel offers chic, elegant accommodation and its lake front location is part of New Zealand's largest world heritage area; Fiordland, gateway to Milford and Doubtful Sounds. If you need an escape from everyday life, and a chance to indulge yourself with a relaxing holiday in one of the world's most breathtaking regions, this is the place for you.
Mobile-friendly - Explore isolated and beautiful Doubtful Sound aboard the MV Southern Secret as part of our personalised tour of Doubtful Sound. View marine animals such as dolphins, seals and penguins that call the fiord home; at night listen for the calls of Morepork and Weka! Activities onboard include fishing, scrumptious meals, swimming and star gazing. Join our journey of discovery today.
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.
Mobile-friendly - AA Supreme Host of the Year (2009); Stay at one of Te Anau's best motel locations, metres from Lake Te Anau, five minutes walk to town, cinema, bike hire, playground and mini golf course. Edgewater has off street parking, outdoor area with picnic tables, gardens and BBQ.
We create memorable glamping events that will be cherished forever. Whether you're after a remote bell-tent hotel or a romantic picnic for two by the river, we can create the perfect bespoke event for you. In Wanaka we also offer 5-star glamping in domes above the shores of the Lake Wanaka with outstanding views to the mountains beyond.
Mobile-friendly - Enjoy the only holiday park in Te Anau with a true country setting. Adjacent to the river with spacious tree lined sites, full range of accommodation, 5-star amenities, spa, sauna, large playground, high speed wireless Internet and barbecues. The quiet tranquil atmosphere and lovely garden setting offers the perfect spot for a relaxing family holiday. We are your Fiordland experience.
Mobile-friendly - Horse trekking rides on the trails of Te Anau, New Zealand. Just five kilometres from Te Anau. Ride over our farmland and be greeted by our other friendly horses and foals roaming free. Enjoy 360 degrees of panoramic mountain views of Lake Te Anau and the surrounding mountain ranges, wildlife reserve and farm land. Our rides last approximately 2-3 hours.
Fiordland Hotel and Motel Resort, situated on four acres of parkland in tranquil garden setting. Every room has a panoramic view towards lake Te Anau, the mountains and rural landscape, yet it's within easy walking distance of Lake Te Anau and the town centre. We offer a variety of hotel and motel accommodation, including family friendly. A great Fiordland destination.
Fiordland Jet have been operating on Lake Te Anau and the Waiau river for 15 years. Tours can take you along the Waiau River, where the water is so clear you can easily see glistening fish, to Lake Manapouri, with its surrounding mountains. Tours can include native bush walks, wildlife spotting, Lord of the Rings locations, mountain peaks and heli-flights.
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.
We show visitors Fiordland like a friend would, and connect them with what they'd like to do here for an unforgettable experience. All our carefully crafted trips and journeys explore Fiordland National Park. Most are privately guided or small groups, with every care and detail taken care of.
Milford Track/Kepler Track/Jet Boat Fishing/Fly Fishing/Private Fiordland Journeys
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 the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Track premium three-day guided wilderness adventure is one of New Zealand's greatest walks. If there is one experience that delivers the diversity and very essence of New Zealand's wilderness and it's unique natural and human history and heritage, it is without a doubt, a guided walk through Hollyford Valley.
Mobile-friendly - We create independent walking holidays which include the Great Walks of New Zealand. No longer will you have to visit 3 or 4 different websites. We will plan and organize the walks for you, by pre-booking Department of Conservation huts, pre and post walk accommodation, transfers and our experienced staff will advise the best time to travel and more.
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.
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.
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Julian Temple Band
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Where: Redcliff Cafe, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: 12 Mokonui St, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 10:00pm on Friday 28th December 2018
To: 1:00am on Saturday 29th December 2018
Cecil Turbine & Jane McArthur
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Where: Redcliff Cafe, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: 12 Mokonui St, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 8:35pm on Sunday 30th December 2018
To: 11:40pm on Sunday 30th December 2018
Birds, Bats and Banana Splits
Meet the Eglinton Valley bat monitoring team and learn about the amazing creatures they work with. Share a banana split as the sun sets and then head into the forest to discover the creatures of the night! $5 ...
Where: Knobs Flat, Eglinton Valley, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: 6178 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 7:30pm on Friday 25th January 2019
To: 1:00am on Sunday 27th January 2019
Fiordland All Girls Adventure
Explore Fiordland your way... Our girls only adventure has become an annual event for likeminded girls, woman, chicks, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, wives, girlfriends. So come and explore the remote ...
Where: Dusky Sound, Te Anau, Southland
Address: 55 Fergus Square
From: 11:00am on Thursday 14th February 2019
To: 1:00pm on Monday 18th February 2019
St. John Workplace First Aid Training
Attain your St. John First Aid Level 1 certificate (valid for two years). Ideal for anyone who wants to learn basic first aid or needs to update their first aid qualification. Minimum qualification requirement for a ...
Where: Te Anau Club, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: Pop Andrew Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 8:30am on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 5:00pm on Thursday 21st March 2019