Lake Te Anau, Te Anau

4.6
#4 of 51 in Parks in Southland Region
Water Body · Nature / Park
The largest body of water on South Island, Lake Te Anau boasts lush surroundings, plenty of aquatic activities, and a series of grand fjords. Carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, the lake features impressive mountain vistas and lies almost entirely within a national park. Hop aboard a kayak or boat tour from a local operator to explore from the water's surface, or hit one of the many surrounding trails through the lake's vast wilderness. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even glimpse the critically endangered takahe, a local flightless bird species. Work out when and for how long to visit Lake Te Anau and other Te Anau attractions using our handy Te Anau trip planner.
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  • This was our 3rd lake in 3 days and it didn’t disappoint, this was a glacial lake so it was interesting to see what they left behind in small dome islands  more »
  • I was very fortunate with the weather the day I stopped here for a break in my journey, clear blue sky and a still day. The views around the lake were stunning and there is a nice walkway around the.....  more »
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  • Wonderfull lake with many activities, even in rainy days
  • Such a beautiful view all around the lake. Glow Worm caves on the lake is a must! Please bring windproof jackets as on the boats, the wind is a killer. If you are lucky your captain will tell you about the history of the lake which is also amazing. Have fun!

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