Te Anau is a laid-back town near Fiordland National Park, perched on the banks of Lake Te Anau and surrounded by glacier fjords and lush forests. Whether you want to hike in the mountains, descend into bioluminescent caves or discover native wildlife, Te Anau promises infinite adventure.
Things to do in Te Anau
Hike the iconic Milford Track through the heart of Fiordland National Park. It spans over 50 kilometres, though most people choose to walk it in sections. Along the way you'll pass cobalt-blue lakes, teetering suspension bridges and rugged mountain peaks.
The Te Anau Glowworm Caves is an otherworldly natural attraction seen on an underground boat tours. You’re whiske into the 200-metre-long cavern system, which is adorned with constellations of the bioluminescent insects. Guided tours also include a short cruise on Lake Te Anau.
Get behind the wheel and explore the magnificent Milford Highway, one of the most scenic drives on the planet. It stretches from Te Anau to Milford Sound and showcases beautiful views of Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Eglinton Valley and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area.
Bird lovers flock to Punanga Manu o Te Anau, an open-air aviary where you can spot native species in their natural habitat. Arrive in the morning for the best chance at spotting takahe, a rare flightless bird endemic to the South Island.
Getting around Te Anau
Te Anau is easy to get around on foot and by using bicycles or rental cars. Local buses run to Milford Sound and Queenstown in around three hours. The town is serviced by Manapouri Airport, a 15-minute drive away.