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Te Anau

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 glow-worms that inhabit them, led to 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 located halfway between Queenstown and Milford Sound and is known as being the gateway to Fiordland National Park. Te Anau is the perfect base to explore Fiordland from and our Tracknet office is based in Te Anau at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park, 77 Manapouri-Te Anau Highway.

  • 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 known as “The walking capital of the world”. The Kepler Track is within an hour walk from town centre, the Milford Track boat meeting point is just a 30 minute drive and the Routeburn Track (The Divide) is just a 1 hour and 15 minute drive.

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

Te Anau has a great range of accommodation options, from backpacker lodges to holiday parks and motels. Our office is based at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park and they have a wide range of accommodation options available.

As we are so close to Fiordland there are many tour options for sightseeing in Fiordland, including Milford and Doubtful Sounds. Other activities are: kayaking, 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 (27TH OCTOBER 2020 TO 1ST MAY 2021)

Te Anau Downs 9:45am 1:25pm Meets 10:30am or 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 7:15am 11:30am 5:00pm
Queenstown via Back Road 9:00am* *On demand only, includes TSS Earnslaw cruise
Invercargill 7:15am Meets connecting bus/ferry to Bluff/Stewart Island
Manapouri *11:30am *2:20pm *On demand only, day walks possible
Routeburn Shelter 7:15am This service has a two hour stopover in Queenstown, day walks possible

Activities from Te Anau (Summer Timetable)

Milford Adventure Park & Ride + Cruise 8:00am Milford Adventure offer a full day Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Day Tour On your journey you will discover that Milford Sound is the 8th wonder of the world.
Milford Park & Ride 8:00am Bus transport only from Te Anau to Milford Sound and return. For those that don't want to take a cruise, but wish to experience the Milford Road.
Doubtful Sound Overnight 9:00am Overnight Cruise Tour on the Southern Secret. Private cabins with maximum 12 passengers.
Doubtful Sound Kayak 6:30am Day trip from Te Anau to Doubtful Sound with 4 hours kayaking
* On demand only


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