Lake Te Anau, Te Anau

#4 of 51 in Parks in Southland Region
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • As always a beautiful lake. For even more stunning views climb up to Luxmore Hut and stay overnight. You can walk along some of the lake on the east side.  more »
  • This is a gorgeous lake surrounded by bush-clad mountains. There are cycling and walking trails around the shore, boat trips, kayaking, scenic flights, so many ways to enjoy this serene and...  more »
  • Wonderfull lake with many activities, even in rainy days
  • Such a beautiful view all around the lake. Glow Worm caves on the lake is a must! Please bring windproof jackets as on the boats, the wind is a killer. If you are lucky your captain will tell you about the history of the lake which is also amazing. Have fun!

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