Te Anau is the closest town to Milford Sound. Nestled on the edge of a lake with many options for accommodation, it's the perfect base from which to explore spectacular Fiordland National Park.

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The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park. Home to a wide range of accommodation including lodges, hotels and and campgrounds, Te Anau is the perfect stopover on the way to Milford Sound from Queenstown. It's best to book accommodation ahead in the busy months of January, February and March.

At the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre you can make plans to walk the Milford, Routeburn or Kepler Tracks. Restaurants are plentiful and give visitors the opportunity to sample delicious local fare like venison, lobster and seafood. Apart from hiking, popular local activities include lake cruising, kayaking and exploring the Te Ana-au Glowworm caves. The museum has a collection relevant to both the Maori and European history of the area. There’s also a wildlife park that specialises in native birds.

Regularly scheduled bus services link Te Anau to Queenstown, Christchurch, Dunedin and the West Coast.

Functional facts: Approx. population 1900, i-SITE Visitor Centre, great range of accommodation, restaurants, cafes and services.