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1. Kepler Track

Kepler Track
4.5 /5

12 km
from city center
1 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Kepler Track is a 60km tramping track opened in 1988, planned to showcase the best features of Fiordland that include, moss-draped beech forest, prolific birdlife, tussock high country, huge mountain ranges, cascading waterfalls, vast glacier-carved valleys, luxuriant river flats, limestone formations and many more. Kepler track is named after Johannes Kepler and is one of New Zealand's greatest walks which is administered by New Zealand Departhe track is named after Johannes Kepler. The track is one of New Zealand's Great Walks and is administered by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC).

2. Glowworm Caves

Glowworm Caves
4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Te Anau caves are outside the Te Anau town in the southernmost region, the Southland. These are the youngest caves in New Zealand being only 12,000 years old. One can go to the caves across the Te Anau lake. A boat ride inside the caves can be taken, which lets you witness the amazing site of glow worms on the ceiling above your head in a calm and peaceful environment.

3. Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound
3.8 /5

58 km
from city center
3 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Belonging to the Fiordland National Park along with the more popular Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound is a fiord located south-west of New Zealand. It is one of New Zealand’s top tourist places. People come here exclusively to experience the serene beauty of the surrounding nature. Some adventure activities like snorkelling and diving are add-ons to the visitor experience here. As mentioned by visitors, the best way to experience the fiord is by cruising around in the surrounding seas.

4. Milford Sound

Milford Sound

87 km
from city center
4 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Milford Sounds is an absolutely mesmerising fiord within the Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage Site.

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5. Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
5 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

The power of Fiordland’s untouched splendor and scenery never ceases to enthrall travellers. It is among the most beautiful and dramatic parts of New Zealand.Now over 1.2 million hectares in size, Fiordland National Park was established in the year 1952. It encompasses rainforests, lakes, and mountains. The Department of Conservation in New Zealand administers this National Park. Completely unique to the area is the variety of plants and animals which have developed relative isolation in the region, leading to a high rate of endemism. These are supported by the rich and diverse habitats in the national park.

6. Fish Jet

Fish Jet
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Combines New Zealand classics of fly fishing and jet boating

7. Fiordland Massage Clinic

Fiordland Massage Clinic
3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
7 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Best for some 'me' time.

8. Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

A visit to the places where parts of the movie was shot

9. Kepler Oaks Boutique trek

Kepler Oaks Boutique trek
3.7 /5

4 km
from city center
9 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Pony and farmlet tours

10. Fiordland Cinema

Fiordland Cinema

38 km
from city center
10 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Fiordland cinema is a valuable and prized asset to Te Anau town of New Zealand. Fiordland cinema is in operation since October 2004. This movie theatre has been custom designed by an architect and has the accolades of winning an award too. The feature making it unique is that it was constructed with a purpose in mind - the purpose of having daily, regular screenings of the short film, ATA Whanua - Shadowland ( also known as 'Fiordland on film), which has been locally filmed by a renowned helicopter pilot Kim Hollows, also the owner of this cinema.

11. Gertrude Saddle

Gertrude Saddle

76 km
from city center
11 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Gertrude Saddle Hike is among the top adventure experiences in Fiordland that offers a majestic view of the Milford Sound, Gertrude valley and the Tasman Sea. The Gertrude Saddle is at an elevation of 1410 metres. It is a 7 km (4.3 miles) out and back trail and the time that is required to complete it varies from 4 to 6 hours. Although a very short hike, it takes time because the route is fairly steep up to the Black Lake and Gertrude Saddle thereafter. The hike should be undertaken on a clear day because rains render the track highly risky and dangerous and moreover, the clouds may allow you no view at all from the top.

12. Kayaking in Te Anau

Kayaking in Te Anau

12 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Kayaking in Lake Te Anau is often underrated. The water in this lake is clean and clear and is fed by the waterfalls. Lake Te Anau is surrounded by steep mountains which offer wonderful views and experience while kayaking. It is advised to kayak in groups as the Te Anau lake is very huge and the winds are always unpredictable. Hence, it is safer to have few people by your side in case of any emergencies. However, if you wish to kayak alone and you are experienced, you can get your kayak here on Lake Te Anau.

13. Lake Te Anau

Lake Te Anau

65 km
from city center
13 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Covering an area of 344 square kilometers, Lake Te Anau is among the largest southern glacial lakes. The east side of the lake is characterized by rolling hill country. The Murchison and Kepler ranges rise towards the western side which is a magnificent haven of mountains, forests and wilderness. Three large fiords reach towards the lake from the western side and the lake’s main body runs north-south.

14. Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

0 km
from city center
14 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is run by the Department of Conservation of New Zealand. This bird santuary has many different species of birds that are looked after really well by the staff at the sanctuary. This bird sanctuary is a great place for families and kids as they allow their visitors to feed the birds. Situated on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in South Island, you can’t help but sit on the jetty and admire the beautiful lake and the mountains.

15. Milford Track

Milford Track

57 km
from city center
15 out of 15
places to visit in Te Anau

The Milford Track is a one way Great Walk extending for 53.5 km. You can enjoy walking and tramping over a span of 4 days. The Great Walk tracks are popular all over the world for the well-formed paths which can be easily followed. Depending on the terrain, the tracks are wide enough at some places to fit two people walking side by side. The surface is generally dirt, rock or gravel and may get slippery during the rains. There are hill climbs with steeper tracks and splendid views. As you walk to retrace the steps of early explorers, experience one of the finest walks in the world.

FAQs on Te Anau

How can I commute within Te anau?

Since it's a small town it's easy to get around on foot or bicycles. If one takes a car to Te Anau, parking is very easy - either on the main street or at the Firodland Event Centre.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Te anau?

The top sightseeing places in Te anau are Kepler Track , Glowworm Caves, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Fish Jet.
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