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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best Time: November, March Read More

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"Gateway to Fiordland"

Te Anau Tourism

A small peaceful town in the south island of New Zealand

A gateway for hiking in the Fiordland national park, the town of Te Anau lies on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau which is the largest lake in the south island and the second largest in New Zealand. The primary sources of income of Te Anau is tourism and agriculture.

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Currency in Te Anau

The New Zealand dollar is traditionally slightly lower than the Australian dollar. Better exchange rates are available onshore but it is advisable to have some local currency before landing. NZ$ is readiily available at most currency exchangers in the world.

Exchanging Money in Te Anau

Onshore exchange rates are more favorable. Most established places will accept plastic money though.

Daily Budget for Te Anau

Daily budget in a town like Te Anau will be around 50- 70 NZ$

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Te Anau Customs

Te Anau has no unique local customs that need to be observed

Language of Te Anau

English is the language of communication.

History of Te Anau

The settlement was surveyed first in 1893, but the town developed in 1953 after the Homer Tunnel and the road route to Milford was opened.

Nightlife in Te Anau

Te Anau is a primarily small town and does not offer much in the way of nightlife.

Shopping in Te Anau

Te Anau has stores to buy gears from in case one wishes to go hiking. These stores include - Outdoor Sports and Bev's Tramping Gear. Te Anau also has stores for standard gifts from New Zealand like 'I love New Zealand' tee shirts and stores selling local crafts like pottery and patchwork quilts. This town also has a free giveaway at the Shed every Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm where people can pick up books, clothing, toys absolutely free of cost and drop off things which they are not using. While this might seem more of a thing for locals to do than tourists, these giveaways might always have some hidden treasures that you might come across and acquire for no charge, so it is worth a look.

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What is the best time to visit Te anau?

Spring and Autumn in November and March respectively ensures that the climate is mild - in the 20s and the tourist season is not at the peak because schools, colleges and offices are open for the locals, so places are relatively empty.
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What is the local food in Te anau?

Te Anau is renowned for their wild food especially their venison and crayfish. Te Anau's venison is exported all over the world and the best places to try these at Te Anau are - Redciffe Caf_, The Fat Duck, Olive Tree caf_ and restaurant
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What are the things to do in Te anau?

The top things to do in Te anau are Kepler Track , Glowworm Caves, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Fish Jet. You can see all the places to visit in Te anau here

What are the places near Te anau?

The top places near to Te anau are Queenstown which is 85 km from Te anau, Invercargill which is located 121 km from Te anau, Glenorchy which is located 81 km from Te anau, Arrowtown which is located 102 km from Te anau, Auckland which is located 1119 km from Te anau

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