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Te Anau & Around

Must Get of Shot of Lake Te Anau

The small town of Te Anau (pop 3000) is the gateway to Fiordland National Park and home to the park’s Visitor Centre. It’s frantically busy with visitors and hikers from November to April, but surprisingly quiet in the off-season of May to October. Its population rises and drops accordingly.

It’s an endearing place on the southern shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake. There’s plenty of accommodation, eating spots and places to stock up on what you need for your adventures.

There are bus connections to Te Anau from Queenstown, Invercargill and Dunedin.

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Fiordland i-SITE Visitor Information Centre - 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau (this entry’s map location)

Visit Fiordland

Fiordland NP Visitor Centre

A gold mine of information in Te Anau

Kepler Track

Walk 60km or a few hours

Redcliff Cafe

Try local venison here (d; $$$)

Shallow Bay Walk

Enjoyable flat walk; good for families (3hrs)

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

See a living takahe!

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Great adventure for the family

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Jocelyn Kinghorn