Trip Planner: South Pacific / New Zealand / South Island / Southland Region / Fiordland National Park / Te Anau / Lake Te Anau
The largest body of water on South Island, Lake Te Anau boasts lush surroundings, plenty of aquatic activities, and a series of grand fjords. Carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, the lake features impressive mountain vistas and lies almost entirely within a national park. Hop aboard a kayak or boat tour from a local operator to explore from the water's surface, or hit one of the many surrounding trails through the lake's vast wilderness. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even glimpse the critically endangered takahe, a local flightless bird species. Work out when and for how long to visit Lake Te Anau and other Te Anau attractions using our handy Te Anau trip planner.
Tours To Lake Te Anau
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $71
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $191
Duration: 9 hours
Lake Te Anau Reviews
The water finally gave us a break and we managed to have a lovely walk around the lake. As a bonus it was cold the night before so snow was delighting the peaks of all the mountains around! Beautiful.... more »
There are so many beautiful lakes in the area you get a little blase about them. Got a chance to see it at sunrise which I would recommend. more »
Wonderfull lake with many activities, even in rainy days
Such a beautiful view all around the lake. Glow Worm caves on the lake is a must! Please bring windproof jackets as on the boats, the wind is a killer. If you are lucky your captain will tell you about the history of the lake which is also amazing. Have fun!
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