Te Anau

Photo taken by: Lindsey Keith (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

Te Anau tours

Te Anau - Tour Highlights

Welcome to the “gateway of Fiordland”, a lively town in the edge of the lake which shares the same name. The township is the closest town to Milford Sound and also in close proximity of 3 of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks which places is on the map as The Walking Capital of the World! It has almost 2,000 inhabitants, but it provides over 4,000 beds for travelers. Tourism is, in fact, one of its main economic activities, and they really take care of it. The town offers all you need: from shops, restaurants and supermarkets to stores where you can hire the material you need for adventures planned.

Time spent here while on a Flying Kiwi tour:

We spend one night in Te Anau. If you are doing the Routeburn Track you will head straight to Queenstown after finishing the multi-day hike instead.

Tours that take you here:

Ultimate Explorer - 27 or 28 days     Summer Blast - 16, 17 or 19 days  
Total Aotearoa - 24 days Southern Light - 9 or 10 days
Grand Traverse - 15 days   

Where we stay: 

Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park – A spacious area with astonishing views across Lake Te Anau and into Fiordland’s mountains.

- Laundry $4 per wash & $4 per dry
- Phone, cardphones
- TV Lounges – SKY
- Shop
- Sauna/Spa Bath
- Free Wifi
- Cabin upgrades


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Free Things to Do:

There is a native bird sanctuary close to town. It’s a good opportunity to spot some of our unique animals and see the huge effort and work are these little reserves are doing to preserve our fauna and educate people about its importance. Enjoy a short walk alongside the lake and see the Takahē or the Kākā. It’s free, but every donation is appreciated.

Cycle Options:

Te Anau Loop - We arrive in Te Anau in the afternoon and the evening is yours to enjoy. Grab your bike and take a leisurely exploration along the lake front up to the Upukerora River mouth. 

Our pick of Te Anau's Top Activities:


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Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

Your trip begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on a purpose-built scenic cruise vessel. Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by a small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glow-worms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.