About Te Anau

The serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau make up the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in NZ, and are bordered on its western shore by lush virgin forest.


The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of this beautiful lake, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. Te Anau is the 'gateway to the fiords' being the closest town to Milford Sound, with a scenic 2½ hour drive.


There is a wide range of accommodation on offer in Te Anau. Lodge, hotel, motel and boutique accommodation as well as farm stays, holiday parks, backpacker and budget options. There is accommodation available for every budget.

Local Cafes and Restaurants provide a variety of dining options, from fish and chips to fine dining, and the opportunity to sample local Fiordland fare of venison, lobster and other seafood.


During the Summer months Te Anau offers seven day a week shopping facilities with competitively priced goods, including high quality apparel, gift and souvenir shops as well as a variety of goods direct from the Producers and Craftspeople at the Te Anau Community Market.


A full range of services exists within the town including ATM facilities, major banks, service stations (offering fuel and workshop facilities), rental cars, a medical centre and a dentist.