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28 Best and Fun Things To Do In Te Anau, New Zealand

In addition to providing visitors with the opportunity to see and experience the pristine landscapes of the Fiordland National Park, the picturesque town of Te Anau serves as the park’s primary visitor hub.

Whether you prefer to stay in a lodge, hotel, or campground, Te Anau is a wonderful place to overnight when visiting Milford Sound and offers everything you need for the ultimate weekend getaway.

This includes a number of local restaurants serving up mouthwatering cuisine, scenic flights, fishing, kayaking, and cruises on the surrounding lakes and fiords.

If you’re looking for something unique to do while you’re here, the Te Anau Glowworn Caves are definitely not to be missed!

There is also a bird sanctuary that features a variety of rare species which are hard to observe in the wild.

Want to know more? Te Anau is home to a list of other attractions featured in our comprehensive guide below

The 28 Most Popular Things To Do In Te Anau, New Zealand

28. The Kepler Mire (String Bog)

4.3 ★★★★☆ (3 reviews)

Location: Manapouri

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27. Lake Mistletoe

4.1 ★★★★☆ (7 reviews)

26. Lake Henry

4.6 ★★★★★ (7 reviews)

25. South Mavora Lake

4.6 ★★★★★ (11 reviews)

24. Shallow Bay

4.9 ★★★★★ (13 reviews)

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23. Packrafting New Zealand

4.9 ★★★★★ (13 reviews)

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Location: Ramparts Rd. Te Anau

Tel:  210-231-2315

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22. Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum

4.8 ★★★★★ (13 reviews)

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Location: 132 Sandy Brown Rd. Southland

Tel:  21-224-0409

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21. Fiordland Trails Trust – Lake2Lake Trail

4.4 ★★★★☆ (15 reviews)


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Location: Fiordland Trails Trust 116 Town Centre Te Anau

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20. Lake Te Anau Lookout by Control Gates

4.6 ★★★★★ (15 reviews)


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Location: 202 Golf Course Rd. Te Anau

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19. Great Walks

4.8 ★★★★★ (21 reviews)

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Location: Lakefront Drive Te Anau

Tel:  3-249-8514

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18. North Mavora Lake

4.5 ★★★★★ (26 reviews)

17. Te Anau Lions Lookout Point

4.8 ★★★★★ (41 reviews)

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Location: 265 Ramparts Rd. Te Anau

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16. Fiordland Escapes

4.8 ★★★★★ (43 reviews)

Location: 66 Park Lane Te Anau

Tel:  3-249-9111

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15. Frasers Beach

4.7 ★★★★★ (45 reviews)

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14. Lake Mistletoe Walking track

4.1 ★★★★☆ (51 reviews)


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Location: Te Anau Downs

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13. Kepler Control Gates

4.5 ★★★★★ (52 reviews)

Location: Kepler Track Te Anau

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12. Te Anau Trout Observatory

3.8 ★★★★☆ (53 reviews)


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Location: 2A Lakefront Drive Te Anau

Tel:  274-414-443

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11. Moturau Hut

4.6 ★★★★★ (67 reviews)

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Location: Kepler Track Te Anau

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10. Fiordland Jet

5.0 ★★★★★ (100 reviews)

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Location: 84 Lakefront Drive Lakefront Te Anau

Tel:  800-253-826

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9. Rainbow Reach

4.7 ★★★★★ (167 reviews)

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Location: Kepler Track Te Anau

Tel:  3-249-7924

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8. Te Anau Glowworm Caves – RealNZ

4.7 ★★★★★ (300 reviews)


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Location: 85 Lakefront Drive Te Anau

Tel:  3-249-6000

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7. Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre

4.6 ★★★★★ (704 reviews)

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Location: Lakefront Drive Te Anau

Tel:  3-249-7924

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6. RealNZ – Doubtful Sound Manapouri Visitor Centre

4.8 ★★★★★ (1,083 reviews)

Location: 64 Waiau St Pearl Harbour Manapouri

Tel:  3-249-6000

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5. Fiordland National Park

4.9 ★★★★★ (35 reviews)

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Location: Fiordland National Park Te Anau

Tel:  3-249-7924

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4. Doubtful Sound – Patea

4.8 ★★★★★ (123 reviews)

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3. Luxmore Hut

4.8 ★★★★★ (138 reviews)

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Location: Southland

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2. Punanga Manu o Te Anau – Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

4.5 ★★★★★ (948 reviews)


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Location: RD 162 Manapouri Te Anau Highway Te Anau

Tel:  3-249-0200

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1. Milford Sound – Piopiotahi

4.8 ★★★★★ (1,760 reviews)

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Te Anau, New Zealand! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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