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Te Anau

Located in New Zealand’s South Island, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, this small town is best known as the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful places, including Milford Sound. While there is a small airport in Te Anau, the airstrip is mostly used for sightseeing flights, as opposed transportation for the general public. The best way to reach Te Anau is by car or coach from the nearby big cities.

Most travelers to Te Anau are looking for outdoors adventures, and places like the massive Fjordland National Park system are certainly ready to deliver. The national park covers a massive amount of land in the area, and is home to many lakes and trails that can take days to fully explore. Otherwise, take a guided or independent walk along many of the town’s walking tracks, which have been carefully planned and can circumnavigate the entire town without the use of a car. This area is known as the walking capital of the world, so pack the right shoes and enjoy this natural wonderland up close.

Most visitors of Te Anau are almost guaranteed to engage in one or both of these activities – take a cruise to Milford Sound Fjord, and take a boat tour of the Te Anau Caves. The way to Milford Sound will lead to many natural attractions, one of them being the pristine Lake Marian. The caves, on the other hand, are an almost otherworldly sight because of the thousands glowworms that live inside the caves.

With so many natural attractions from which to pick, there really is something for almost everyone to love about Te Anau. The interactive map on this page is a great place to start exploring where the rest of the hotels and attractions surrounding Te Anau are located.