Situated on the South Island of New Zealand, Te Anau is a picturesque town on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau. The lake, which is the largest on the island and the second largest in the country, makes it the ideal place to take a break with its stunning backdrop and mesmerising views.
Alongside the beauty of the lake, Te Anau is a popular tourist destination as it is commonly cited as the Walking Capital of the World. With three of New Zealand’s Nine Great Walks all taking place in, through and around the town, Te Anau is a hiker’s paradise. These three walks include the Routeburn Track, the Milford Track and the increasingly popular Kepler Track. The Kepler Challenge brings the crowds to Te Anau when it takes place in December.
Furthermore, Te Anau is a great base to begin exploring the famous nearby fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
What to do in Te Anau
Whether its exhilaration or breath-taking beauty that makes your perfect trip, Te Anau has it all thanks to its serene lake and spectacular mountains that include Mount Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. If you need a break from walking in this beautiful area, there are plenty of other activities available such as kayaking, jet boat riding, fishing, helicopter sightseeing and even seaplane tours.
Te Anau caters for every kind of traveller with a range of facilities to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible. There is plenty of accommodation such as Getaway Te Anau, used to be part of the TOP 10 Holiday Park Group.
From quaint cafes to fine dining restaurants there are plenty of places to sample some of the local Fiordland cuisines such as venison and plenty of seafood options. The town also has all of the services a traveller needs from rental cars to healthcare facilities, shopping to luxury boutiques.
Despite having a small population of just over 2,000 people, the town comes alive with the number of visitors it brings, especially in the summer months. At the height of summer, usually in February, Te Anau can see an additional 4,000 visitors that make the town a thriving, bustling, atmospheric place to be.Back to Local Insights Page