Te Anau Information

Lake Te Anau - The Gateway to Fiordland

Welcome To Te Anau

Te Anau is a small town with a big heart. Te Anau is located at the Southern end of 65 kilometre long Lake Te Anau and is known as the 'Gateway to Fiordland National Park'. With a permanent population of just under 3000 people you will notice that the dominant features in the area aren't man-made, but lakes, mountains, and rivers. Te Anau is the best place to begin your adventures into Fiordland and Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park is your Fiordland Base Camp.

Te Anau's town centre has a variety of shops, restaurants, and petrol stations so you can stock up on supplies during your visit. Shops include supermarkets, a pharmacy, gear hire & purchase (tramping, fishing, & bike gear), souvenir, and gift shops. There are also a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to suits all tastebuds.

So whether you are on a family holiday, a romantic getaway, or heading into the Fiordland hills, we'll see you in Te Anau soon!

Explore Fiordland

Special Offers

Stay with us and receive booking discounts with the operators below. Ensure that you book in advance so you don't miss out!

Doubtful Sound Kayak

Feel the wind in your hair & the sea spray on your face. Explore incredible Doubtful Sound by sea-kayak on Doubtful Sound Kayak's full-day tour.

Tracknet Transport

Book your transport packages to the Milford, Routeburn & Kepler Tracks. Also sector transport between Queenstown, Te Anau & Milford Sound.

Getting to Te Anau

Travel Times

Remember to drive to the conditions and take your time while driving in New Zealand. There are plenty of scenic stops along the way, so make it about the journey and enjoy exploring along the way. See the New Zealand Transport Agency website for the latest road travel information. Several companies operate bus transport into Te Anau from surrounding cities. We recommend Tracknet if you are travelling from Queenstown. They also operate connections to the South's Great Walks, including the Milford, Routeburn, and Kepler Tracks.

Wānaka – 3.0 hours

Wānaka is a lakeside town and is known for its adventure activities, hiking, biking, wineries, and lakeside activities in the Summer, and proximity to ski fields in the Winter.

Queenstown – 2.25 hours

Queenstown is a lakeside tourist mecca best known for its adrenaline-pumping tourist activities, fantastic eateries, funky relaxed backpacker vibe, and snow skiing in the Winter.

Dunedin – 3.5 hours

Dunedin is one of New Zealand's oldest cities and its history is proudly on show. With lots of activities on offer, Dunedin is also known for its beaches, wildlife, stadium & University.

Invercargill – 2.00 hours

Invercargill is the largest city in the Southland district & is the supporting hub for many surrounding communities. If you are a machinery buff, the Burt Munro Museum, Bill Richardson Transport World, and Dig This are all worth a visit.

Milford Sound – 2.0 hours

Milford Sound is the most well-known place to visit in Fiordland, it is also the most accessible Fiord to get to. Take a day trip from Te Anau to fully explore the area and include a Milford Sound Boat Cruise to appreciate the grandiose surroundings.

Christchurch – 7.75 hours

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and services the South with a Domestic & International Airport.

Things to do

Free Local Attractions