Te Anau




  • Gateway to Milford Sound & Fiordland
  • Milford & Kepler Tracks - Great Walks
  • Glowworm caves


  • By car: 2 hours from Queenstown

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Te Anau is the perfect town to base yourself from to visit Milford Sound. Nestled on the edge of a lake, there are many options for accommodation.

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.

Restaurants are plentiful and give visitors the opportunity to sample delicious local fare like venison, lobster and seafood. 

At the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre you can make plans to walk the Milford, Routeburn or Kepler Tracks. Apart from hiking, popular local activities include lake cruising, kayaking and exploring the Te Ana-au Glowworm caves. There’s also a wildlife park that specialises in native birds.

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

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