Lake Te Anau
Lake Te Anau
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  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    As massive glacial lakes go, this has to be one of the most impressive. It's huge, it's picturesque, and its shoreline supports a whole host of businesses that exploit the lake's surface. There's any number of boating & sports experiences. Or you go and see the glow-worm caves. The town of Te Anau is a lively place, although not huge.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 May 2023
  • Scott F
    Minneapolis, Minnesota54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stay for a night and enjoy
    The entire lake and town area is a lot of fun and worth spending one or two nights there. If you’re going to Milford sound. Taking a bus from Queenstown is dumb so don’t be dumb. Unless you like sitting on your butt for eight hours.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
  • AndyAquila
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom641 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely peaceful place
    A beautiful place, as are many of the lakes and fiords in the area. Walking along the coast path near Te Anau was very restful and allowed plenty of time to appreciate the amazing geography and geology of the area. The Southern Alps are incredible.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
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IncrementalTourist
Melbourne, Australia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful lake with lots of options to explore (the jet boat ride was fantastic but there are also bike rentals, walking trails, seaplanes, helicopter rides and paragliding). Most accommodation in Te Anau is along the lakefront with the mountains in the background- lots of photographic opportunities!
Written 16 April 2024
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Michael C
Derby, UK2,022 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is another of the large lakes to be found in New Zealand's south island. The town of Te Anau is on one side and a lovely range of mountains on the opposite side, We enjoyed spending some time just sitting and relaxing on its shore.
Written 13 March 2024
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AndyAquila
Lyme Regis, UK641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A beautiful place, as are many of the lakes and fiords in the area. Walking along the coast path near Te Anau was very restful and allowed plenty of time to appreciate the amazing geography and geology of the area. The Southern Alps are incredible.
Written 4 March 2024
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Scott F
Minneapolis, MN54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The entire lake and town area is a lot of fun and worth spending one or two nights there. If you’re going to Milford sound. Taking a bus from Queenstown is dumb so don’t be dumb. Unless you like sitting on your butt for eight hours.
Written 13 November 2023
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK791 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Te Anau town itself is very small with not much to do (although does have a couple of cracking souvenir shops!), however, is a good base.
I went on a boat trip that was lovely and tranquil and there is alot of birdlife around to see (and hear).
Also worth taking the short trip over and see the glowworm caves.
Nice little place overall.
Written 10 June 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
As massive glacial lakes go, this has to be one of the most impressive. It's huge, it's picturesque, and its shoreline supports a whole host of businesses that exploit the lake's surface. There's any number of boating & sports experiences. Or you go and see the glow-worm caves. The town of Te Anau is a lively place, although not huge.
Written 6 May 2023
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Mumma&Co
Timaru, New Zealand6,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
So peaceful, so tranquil. Enjoyed my couple of hours walking along it. Walked from town to the flood gates.
Written 3 April 2023
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Toni3452
Barcelona, Spain755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Although it hasn't got the stunning colourness of Lake Pukaki and Tekapo, this is a majestic Lake. First because it surrounds the beautiful town of Te Anau and then because it comes along with you in the route to MIlford Sound. Again, Te Anaua and its lake is a must when coming to New Zealand
Written 1 March 2023
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Dan
Hildenborough29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The water is clear as crystal, we just had to jump in! Swam for around 45mins, chilly but comfortable. Great views!
Written 1 March 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Lake Te Anau is located on South Island of New Zealand.

It is the second-largest lake by surface area in New Zealand and the largest in the South Island. It is the largest lake in Australasia by fresh water volume.

The lake was just a short walk from our accomodation in Te Anau.

We saw a seaplane on the lake and our glowworm tour departed by boat from here. The glowworms are a must visit attraction.

Its very scenic with the mountains as a backdrop.

There is also much wildlife on lake.
Written 26 January 2023
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