Nestled on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau, the town of Te Anau is the gateway for visitors to the Southern Lakes and Fiordland National Park. Famous as New Zealand's Walking Capital, the town boasts three of the country's Great Walks -  ­the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks - and there are some wonderful shorter tracks for walkers to enjoy. Excursions from the town visit some of the country's most dramatic scenery, including the magnificent Milford and Doubtful Sounds, with their cascading waterfalls and lush forest.

You can cruise across the lake to see the vast Te Anau Glowworm Caves, or take a cruise up the lake to Glade House ­the starting point of the Milford Track. Float plane and helicopter rides around Lake Te Anau and Fiordland offer spectacular views of the mountain scenery. Just outside Te Anau, en route to Manapouri, the Te Anau Wildlife Centre houses a variety of native birds, including the rare flightless takahe. Fiordland delicacies such as venison and lobster can be enjoyed at Te Anau's many fine restaurants, and there are seven-day shopping facilities and a full range of visitor services.

Fiordland Visitor Information Centre
Lake Front Drive
Te Anau
Email the Fiordland Visitor Information Centre.

Geographic Location

Located on the south-eastern shoreline of Lake Te Anau, on the eastern boundary of Fiordland National Park, 125km southwest of Milford

Population

1900

Climate

Summer: 19-29°C
Winter: 3-10°C

Annual rainfall
6200mm (highest average)