Te Anau | Tracknet Transport

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Te Anau

Te Anau is located halfway between Queenstown and Milford Sound and is known as The Gateway to Fiordland National Park. Our office is based at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park and is your Fiordland Base Camp for exploring Fiordland. Everything that you need is conveniently right here! Not only is it the base for Tracknet bus departures, but we are located right across the road from the Great Walks booking office (DOC), have baggage storage, free car parking, a coffee shop, and of course a wide variety of accommodation.

  • Yacht club wharf on Lake Te Anau
  • Lake Te Anau scene with beach and sun shining through tree
  • View over Lake Te Anau with tussocks in foreground
  • Large tree stump in foreground with Lake Te Anau in background
  • Calm Lake Te Anau with two boats on moorings

Te Anau is a small township located on the southern shores of the glacially carved Lake Te Anau. The lake was named Te Ana-au by early Māori or cave of swirling waters, which is thought to refer to the limestone caves on the western shore of the lake re-discovered by Wilson Campbell & Lawson Burrows in 1948. The discovery of the caves and the glowworms that inhabit them led Campbell & Burrows to offer Te Anau's first sightseeing tour and forged the path for the development of tourism in the area.

Te Anau is also known as "The walking capital of the world". The Kepler Track is within an hour's walk from the town centre, the Milford Track boat meeting point is just a 30-minute drive and the Routeburn Track (The Divide) is only a 1 hour & 15 minute drive.

In Te Anau, you can find well-equipped supermarkets for purchasing or re-stocking supplies, specialised outdoor shops where you can purchase or hire equipment for hikes as well as hire personal locator beacons and mountain radios.

As we are so close to Fiordland there are many tour options for sightseeing in the area, including Milford and Doubtful Sounds. Other activities are: kayaking, scenic cruises, overnight cruises, jet boating, scenic flights, cave tours, and much more. Visit www.fiordland.org.nz to see what the area has to offer and to plan your visit to Te Anau.

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Summer Timetable (24TH OCTOBER 2023 TO 1ST MAY 2024)

Te Anau Downs 9:45am 1:25pm Meet 10:30am & 2:00pm boat to Glade Wharf
Divide 7:15am 9:45am 1:25pm Day walks possible
Milford Sound 7:15am 9:45am 1:25pm
Queenstown 7:05am 11:30am 5:00pm
Manapouri 10:00am* 2:45pm* *On demand only, day walks possible
Routeburn Shelter 7:05am This service has a two hour stopover in Queenstown, day walks possible

Activities from Te Anau (Summer Timetable)

Milford Sound Private Tour On Demand Tailor your Milford Sound Tour to your group with Tracknet's Milford Sound Private Tour. Includes scenic stops along the Milford Road, Scenic Cruise on Milford Sound and commentary from our knowledgeable driver/guide. Suitable for small groups, 1-11 people.
Doubtful Sound Overnight 9:00am The trip of a lifetime! Take an overnight cruise tour on the MV Southern Secret in Doubtful Sound. Accommodation is in private ensuite cabins with a maximum of 12 passengers per cruise. See Southern Secret website, or contact us at Tracknet for more information.
Doubtful Sound Kayak 6:30am Experience a day trip from Te Anau to Doubtful Sound with 4 hours kayaking included. A maximum of 10 people per group for a personalised tour. See Doubtful Sound Kayak website, or contact us at Tracknet for more information.
* On demand only


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