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.
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.
Map of Te Anau & Manapouri
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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
- 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
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.
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.