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 metres 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.
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 37 miles away
- Glenorchy 51 miles away
- Milford Sound 53 miles away
- Queenstown 54 miles away
- Arrowtown 64 miles away
- Lake Wanaka 86 miles away
- The Catlins 104 miles away
- Stewart & Ulva Islands 107 miles away
- Haast & Lake Moeraki 125 miles away
- Dunedin 139 miles away
- Twizel 142 miles away
- The Otago Peninsula 146 miles away
- South Island 158 miles away
- Mount Cook National Park 166 miles away
- Lake Tekapo 168 miles away
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 177 miles away
- Hokitika 247 miles away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 256 miles away
- Christchurch 276 miles away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 282 miles away
- Punakaiki 292 miles 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 centre 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 centre 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.
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.
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.