Visit Te Anau & Manapouri, New Zealand
Lake Te Anau is New Zealand’s second largest lake, and enjoys a wonderful location on the edge of Fiordland National Park.
The township is beautifully situated on the tranquil lakeshore and serves as a great base from which to explore the local countryside, a virgin world where waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters into forested valleys under looming granite peaks.
From Te Anau you can also cross the lake to visit glow-worm caves, or drive for 20 minutes to Manapouri, with a population of just 300, set on another lake scattered with islands, framed by the spectacular Cathedral Mountains
This is the gateway to Doubtful Sound, and is also the starting point for several excellent walking options, including the Routeburn, Milford and Kepler Tracks, three of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks.
Suggested itineraries featuring Te Anau & Manapouri
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Te Anau & Manapouri, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Te Anau & Manapouri
- Doubtful Sound 59 kilometers away
- Glenorchy 82 kilometers away
- Milford Sound 85 kilometers away
- Queenstown 86 kilometers away
- Arrowtown 103 kilometers away
- Lake Wanaka 138 kilometers away
- The Catlins 167 kilometers away
- Stewart & Ulva Islands 173 kilometers away
- Haast & Lake Moeraki 201 kilometers away
- Dunedin 223 kilometers away
- Twizel 228 kilometers away
- The Otago Peninsula 235 kilometers away
- Mount Cook National Park 266 kilometers away
- Lake Tekapo 270 kilometers away
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 284 kilometers away
- Hokitika 398 kilometers away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 412 kilometers away
- Christchurch 444 kilometers away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 453 kilometers away
- Punakaiki 470 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Te Anau & Manapouri
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Te Anau & Manapouri. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The lodge is a short drive away from the town center and benefits for views out to Lake Te Anau and the Murchison Mountains in the distance.
Dunluce is an intimate and friendly bed and breakfast, ideally located on lakeside land, just outside Te Anau. All of its rooms have en suite facilities and views of the lake.
With lake and mountain views from the property and its proximity to Fiordland National Park, High Leys is an ideal base for exploring the Te Anau and Fiordland region.
All of the suites at Dock Bay Lodge are beautifully furnished with private balconies, offering unobstructed views over Lake Te Anau and the National Park Mountains.
Set amongst beautiful gardens, Lakefront Lodge is located close to Lake Te Anau waterfront and just a short stroll from the center of town.
Prospect Lodge Bed and Breakfast is situated in Fiordland, just a few minutes from Te Anau township, and a two-hour drive to Milford Sound.
Nestled in pretty gardens, just a short stroll to Te Anau's restaurants, shops and the lake, Blue Ridge Studio Accommodation and B&B is the perfect place to base yourself for a Fiordland experience.
Ideas for experiencing Te Anau & Manapouri
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Te Anau & Manapouri, and which use the best local guides.
Once on board the Fiordland Navigator you will cruise through hidden waterways where bottlenose dolphins are frequently seen playing and riding the waves under the bows, fur seals bask on outcrops around the fiord, and at times the rarest penguins in the world can be observed.
Travel by small boat and walkways in small groups through cathedral-like caves with waterfalls, whirlpools and beautiful rock formations before drifting through the 'glow worm grotto': an unforgettable experience.
Once in Milford you will board the Milford Mariner for a nature cruise of two and a half hours which leads you the full length of the sound and into the Tasman Sea.