Lake Te Anau, Te Anau

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#4 of 57 in Parks in Southland Region
Water Body · Nature / Park
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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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  • Stopped down by the jetty where there is a pontoon to swim out to. Lots of kids about so we hopped in a little further down and it was a lovely refreshing swim! There were BBQ facilities and a number....  more
    Stopped down by the jetty where there is a pontoon to swim out to. Lots of kids about so we hopped in a little further down and it was a lovely refreshing swim! There were BBQ facilities and a number....  more »
  • Float plane over te anau on a mystery tour in the south islands only float plane. Absolutely awsome a great chance to see the wonders of the mountains 
    Float plane over te anau on a mystery tour in the south islands only float plane. Absolutely awsome a great chance to see the wonders of the mountains  more »

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