Te Anau Travel Guide

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    The waterfal - Te Anau Glow worm caves
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Te Anau Highlights

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     the beautiful fjords 

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     nothing much in Te Anau. A stop over for Milford Sound 

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     Snowy Moutains with 'sounds' full of wild life 

Te Anau Things to Do

  • Manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station

    Manapouri Power Station is an underground hydroelectric power station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand, and the second largest power station in New Zealand. It was completed in 1971 and uses the 230 metre drop between the West arm of Lake Manapouri and Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound to...

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  • Lake Manapouri

    Lake Manapouri is a glacier lake located in Fiordland National Park. It is New Zealand's second deepest lake measuring 444 metres at it deepest point. It has four arms - North, South, West and Hope. The Manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station is situated at the end of West Arm.Any visitors to Doubtful Sound must cross Lake Manapouri to join the road...

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  • Te Anau town centre

    Te Anau is on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau. Lake Te Anau is the second largest lake in New Zealand the largest being Lake Taupo. The town has a population of about 2,000 residents but can increase by up to 3,000 in the summer tourist season. The town has a large supermarket, many restaurants and cafes, tourism outlets and has several petrol...

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  • The Chasm

    The Chasm is found on the road to Milford Sound.It is a natural rock feature caused by the waters of the Cleddau river rushing over the rocks. The force is such as to cut holes in the rock to create a waterfall into a huge chasm.The Chasm is reached by a 20 minute easy walk from the car park through temperate rainforest. Footbridges over the river...

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  • On the road to Milford Sound

    The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound on Highway 94 takes you through some amazing scenery - lakes, waterfalls, streams and mountains. It seems as though every bend in the road brings another photo stop.

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  • The Homer Tunnel

    The Homer Tunnel, opened in 1954, allows New Zealand State Highway 94 to pass under the Homer Saddle, linking Milford Sound to Te Anau and Queenstown. It the Eglinton and Cleddau valleys. The tunnel is straight and the road now sealed although the walls remain unlined granite. It is about 1300metres long and has a 1 in 10 gradient down to the west.

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  • Mirror Lakes

    Mirror Lakes is a set of small lakes on the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound. They are in the Eglinton Valley in Fiordland National Park.The lakes are set back from the road but there is a well maintained track. If you are not aware of them it is easy to overlook the stop.

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  • Te Anau Wildlife Centre

    This centre is run by New Zealand's Department of Conservation, and houses native birds which are rare, endangered, injured or needing special care. It is located in parklands on the edge of Lake Te Anau, about a kilometre from the town along the Manapouri road. It is a 15 minute walk along the lake from the visitor centre. Some of the birds you...

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  • Te Anau Domain

    Situated on a bend in the lake north of the town is the domain. It includes a small marina with direct access to the lake and some area of parkland. It is popular with walkers.

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  • Te Anau Glow worm caves

    Maori legend told of caves filled with rushing water and early European explorers had similar tales of undergroud caves. The location of the entrance became lost in history until it was rediscovered in 1948 by local Te Anau operator Lawson Burrows. He found a stream pouring out of the hills and upon squeezing through the opening in the rock...

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  • Doubtful Sound

    Named Doubtful Harbour in 1770 by Captain James Cook Doubtful Sound is in fact a fjord and is the second largest in New Zealnd's Fiordland. It is three times as long and ten times as large as Milford Sound. It has three large arms all branching off to the south. Hall Arm is quite protected and shows the visitor some amazing reflections.The sound is...

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  • Milford Sound

    Milford Sound or Piopiotahi is actually a fjord (as is Doubtful Sound and all the others in Fiordland National Park). It is one of the world's top travel destinations and has been called by Rudyard Kipling the eigth Wonder of the World.Here mountains spring directly from the sea. They are covered by temperate rainforest and are the source of many...

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Te Anau Restaurants

  • Good Chinese food in NZ

    We didn't eat in but got take away. The restaurant was busy and bright and open. The take away area didn't get in the way of diners. We had a selection of dishes with rice and spring rolls. The food was very good - standard westernised Chinese and less greasy than some I have had.

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  • A taste of Italy

    La Toscana is an Italian spaghetteria/pizzeria in Te Anau which saved us from starving beause of a late arrival in the city!The staff is very friendly, as well as the restaurant atmosphere.Food is also tasty, definitely the best Italian food we had in New Zealand!

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  • China CityABSOLUTE SLOP - worst chinese...

    under chefs specials was listed as Chips yes chips - should have left then and it didnt get any better service apalling- waiter left in the middle of taking my order to take the order from the asain bus tourists - while was paying the bill the waiter left to attend to the asain bus tourists - VERY RUDE !!!!!!!! while i was paying him food...

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  • The best cheesecake!!

    It's on a lovely old cottage on a side street. The interior is very cosy, decorated with old stuff. The guet book and some pictures on the wall will reveal that this was the place chosen by the LOTR film stars and staff for a great food experience.It also has a garden bar. Delicious venison as well as seafood and a superb passionfruit cheese cake...

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  • Seafood & More

    Seemed to be a popular place to eat. We managed to get a table for 2, but lots of people were being turned away. Satay seafood with deep fried mushrooms.Venison & vegiesRoast Lamb

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  • Stop for Lunch

    Great quality food, generous serves and a nice casual atmosphere. We stopped for lunch and were impressed. Mussels steamed in lemongrass.........very freshSue had a steak sandwich & Col had a venison burger....both delicious.

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  • Suculent Steak

    Best described as a steakhouse. Fresh suculent meat with generous serves of chips and vegies.Great atmosphere with outdoor dining as well. Steak with pepper sauce

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  • Great Venison and Lamb

    The restaurant is in an old settlers house and has a great cosy feeling. The staff are really friendly. You can't make bookings, you just have to show up and hope they're not full! The staff at our motor park recommended the place to us, and we ate here both nights we were here. The food is fesh and local with a modern twist and includes venison,...

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  • Good breakfast

    they served good breakfast.. if you see my pictures.. its a nice place for breakfast to start your day.Bakery cafe, specialising in breakfast, lunch, BBQ meals wth Caffe L'affare coffee. order breakfast set.

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Te Anau Shopping

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    Supermarket at Te Anau, New Zealand

    by victorwkf Written Aug 27, 2006

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    In case you need to buy food and drinks, there is a supermarket along the main street of Te Anau, not far away from where most of the hotels are located.

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Te Anau Tourist Traps

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    by worldkiwi Written Jul 9, 2003

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    Petrol in Te Anau is terribly expensive. If you have a rental car or camper-van, buy your petrol in Queenstown or somewhere else enroute. I had to buy gas before leaving Te Anau and the price was about 6c a litre more than it was back in Queenstown!

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Te Anau Off The Beaten Path

  • Eglinton Valley

    The Eglinton Valley is north Te Anau, about 30 minutes or so away. There are wonderful views with some great flora and fauna, even on a cloudy day like today. One part of the valley is known as 'The Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain'. It's a long and narrow valley with a shingle riverbed floor housing the Eglinton River.

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  • Doubtful Sound

    Doubtful Sound is a very large fjord on the south west corner of New Zealand, close to the smaller but more accessible Milford Sound which is near to Te Anau. It took second place after Milford Sound as New Zealand's most famous tourism destination.Doubtful Sound was named 'Doubtful Harbour' by Captain Cook, who did not enter the inlet as he was...

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  • Wild Dubtful Sound

    Dubtful Sound, this is the deppest fiord of all. You can come across a penguin and a dolphin if lucky with fiord Cruise.

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Te Anau Sports & Outdoors

  • Tandem

    An interesting experience! We find it a little difficult initially, but we soon get the rhythm going. We go down to the lake and along to the golf course before heading back through the woods. Different! I can't see where I am going, sitting at the back, and there is one fairly steep downhill section which ends in a 3ft wide wooden bridge withoug...

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  • Kepler Track

    One of the Great walks starting right outside of Te Anau. Just did a part of it up to Luxmore Hut as it was booked. Great views, but it's a long day! Take plenty of water!

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  • Relaxing by Lake Te Anau

    There are many benches where you can relax by the beautiful Lake Te Anau and you should really do so, especially in summer or autumn when the weather is good. The weather was chilly when I was there, so I did not sit on the bench for too long but nevertheless it was enjoyable to catch the cooling breeze.

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  • The cook at Settler's Steak House & Bar

    I remembered the cook at Settler's Steak House & Bar where I had dinner because he is a very professional cook which really took time to grill my salmon steak to perfection. I managed to take a photograph of him at work.

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  • Empty streets

    As New Zealand is sparsely populated, the streets at rural towns such as Te Anau are relatively empty which is easy for driving.

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