Te Anau - great for boating and water activities. Photo: Destination Fiordland. DOC USE ONLY.
Te Anau - great for boating and water activities

Beautiful mountain and lake scenery

At the edge of the Fiordland National Park, you can enjoy the spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains from town or the lakeside tracks, or from the water on your boat or kayak.

Be sure to take your camera everywhere!

Gateway to Fiordland National Park

Te Anau is the closest town with facilities to Fiordland National Park, a wilderness area famed for tramping and spectacular scenery.

The town has shops, accommodation options, a cinema and all you need for your visit. 

The Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre on Lakefront Drive has all the park information you need - including information on walking tracks (and Great Walks), hunting, boating and other activities in the park, natural history, conservation and more.

Te Anau - great for family fun. Photo: Caroline Carter.
Te Anau - great for family fun

Excellent base for families

Te Anau offers an excellent array of activities for children and families, including short and day walks, longer (but easy) overnight tramps, a wildlife centre, many great picnic spots and spots for water activities.

The starting point for two fantastic Great Walks

Experience a trip of a lifetime on a Great Walk.

The famous Milford Track starts at the head of Lake Te Anau (with transport options from Te Anau).

The Kepler Track starts at the bottom end of the lake, and you can walk there from Te Anau in less than an hour.

Great for boating and water activities!

Lake Te Anau is a central location in Southland for boating and fishing, kayaking and swimming, and water skiing at Brod Bay.

Families with children can play it safe close to the township. If you have more time and the right skills and gear - there’s plenty of adventure further up the lake. See Activities - Lake Te Anau.


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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
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details