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Te Anau | New Zealand

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 & Motels 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 Transport 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

About Te Anau

Te Anau is a small, picturesque township nestled on the southern shores of Lake Te Anau, a name derived from early Māori that translates to "cave of swirling waters." This name refers to the captivating limestone caves on the lake's western shore, famously rediscovered by Wilson Campbell and Lawson Burrows in 1948. Their remarkable find, featuring enchanting glow worms, marked the birth of Te Anau's first sightseeing tours and laid the foundation for the region's developing tourism industry.

Renowned as "The walking capital of the world," Te Anau boasts easy access to several remarkable hiking tracks. The Kepler Track begins a mere hour's walk from the town center, while the Milford Track boat departure point is just a 30-minute drive away. The Routeburn Track's starting point at The Divide is also within a convenient 1 hour and 15-minute drive from Te Anau.

Te Anau provides well-stocked supermarkets to purchase or replenish supplies, along with specialized outdoor shops offering equipment for hikes and the option to rent 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 discover what the area has to offer and to plan your visit to Te Anau. Whether you seek adventure or tranquility, Te Anau has something special for everyone.

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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 3.5 hours kayaking included. A maximum of 10 people per group for a personalised tour. See the Doubtful Sound Kayak website, or contact us at Tracknet for more information or bookings.
* On demand only


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