Fiordland region

Lake Te Anau. Photo copyright: Douglas Thorne.

Lake Te Anau

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Fiordland region.

Te Anau - gateway to Fiordland

Lake Te Anau is a beautiful lake with a stunning mountain backdrop in Fiordland National Park, part of Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Te Anau is the closest town to world-famous Milford Sound (2 hours drive), and the start of the Kepler Track and Milford Track (Great Walks).

Lake Te Anau is wonderful for many family and water activities, including great access for boating, fishing and kayaking.


Lake Te Anau is in south-west New Zealand, Fiordland National Park. The town of Te Anau has full visitor facilities and is about 2½ hours drive from Queenstown, and 2 hours drive from Invercargill.

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Didymo controls in Fiordland National Park


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Fiordland places


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
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