Most travellers use Te Anau as a jumping-off point to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Allow 2 hours to reach Milford Sound from Te Anau. There are lots of scenic stops along the way, but not much else, so stop at Fresh Choice for snacks and be sure to fill up your gas tank, as there is limited petrol available in Milford Sound.
By busInterCity Coachlines run buses to Te Anau from Christchurch via Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Sound. From Invercargill a change at Gore is required.
Tracknet run buses from Queenstown and Invercargill. This is also available as a combined ferry and bus ticket from Stewart Island by Stewart Island Experience. Tracknet have services to and from some walking routes.
Te Anau-Au CavesA boat trip and guided tour into the Aurora Caves system by walking path and small boats within the cave itself where you will see thousands of glow worms. The caves are only accessible by boat, and Real Journeys operates a quality catamaran for a 30-minute cruise each way. You'll spend approximately 35 min underground, where you will see some spectacular underground waterfalls, some high ceilings, and many other interesting things with a professional guide. It is not suitable for everyone. You will have to bend over considerably at the entrance, which is only 1 m high for 3-4 m. Promotions often apply.
Lake Te Anau"The cave of swirling water", it is the second-largest lake by surface area in New Zealand (after Lake Taupo) and the largest in the South Island. North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord are the only inland NZ fiords.
Lake MarianOff Hollyford Road on the way to Milford lies one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Te Anau Wildlife CentreA short walk from downtown, the Te Anau Wildlife Centre provides the unique opportunity to view some of New Zealand's rarest endangered birds. Be sure to see the takahe, a large flightless bird with beautiful blue plumage and an enormous red beak. With only 225 takahe left in New Zealand, this is perhaps your only opportunity to see this majestic bird.
- Tramp any of the many tracks located in the area. Te Anau isn't called the walking capital of the world for no reason! The major tracks that can be started from the surrounding area include the following "Great Walks":
Kepler TrackThis track starts from near Te Anau, and the section around the lake to Brod Bay and back makes a pleasant gentle day walk. The complete track ( a circular route) usually takes 3 or 4 days and climbs to 1470 m.
Milford TrackThis has been described as the greatest walk in the world. It is very popular and the many dates are fully booked within hours of booking opening in June for the following summer. The track starts with a ferry ride from Te Anau Downs, and there are connecting shuttle buses available. The track takes 4 days if you are walking independently.
Cruise Te AnauA boutique cruise to the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau and a gentle bush/nature walk to discover the Hidden Lakes.
The GatewayBuy and rent DVDs, video games, and CDs, but a terrible selection of used books. Friendly staff.
phone: +64 3 249-8195address: 38-40 Milford RdBuy or hire most tramping gear you may need for one of the nearby tracks.
La ToscanaFor pizza, pasta and both Italian & NZ wines.
phone: +64 3 249 9044address: 2 Milford CrescentSpecialist pie shop that has a range of fresh pies, sandwiches, cake slices and other treats, and great coffee, all to take away. The pies are packed with meat.
phone: +64 3 249-7431address: 12 Mokonui StServes food and drink. Warm atmosphere, cozy pub-feel and the rustic small-town kindly atmosphere you would expect in NZ.
Sandfly Cafeaddress: 9 The LaneCountry-style cafe open for breakfast and brunch.
The local supermarkets are a cheap alternative if you're self-catering.
Fresh Choiceaddress: 5 Milford CrescentTe Anau's main supermarket, also the best place to buy beer and wine.
Four Squareaddress: 30 Town CentreSmaller supermarket with groceries and some prepared meals.
phone: +64 3 249-8006Just outside the township overlooking a deer farm and a mighty fine view of the sunset when nature treats you right.
phone: +64 3 249-8431address: 23 Tom Plato Dr
address: 48-50 Lakefront DrivePretty close to the town centre, doubles with a shared common area for $78, dorm beds from $28.
phone: +64 3 249 7847address: 29 Mokonui Street90 bed hostel in the town centre.
phone: +64 3 249-9186address: 56 Lakefront DrClean and modern motel by the lakeside, with great service.
phone: +64 3 249-7230address: 68 Quintin DrGood self-sufficient units and helpful owners.
phone: +64 3 249-7911address: Mokoroa StA quirky pioneer-styled hotel, with an attached restaurant. Internet for $5/day
Paul's Backpackers Homestayphone: +64 27 4049800address: 12 Tom Plato DriveQuiet homestay with kitchen, living room with TV, free WiFi & off-street parking. 3 rooms only.
Te Anau LibraryFree internet. You can use their 5 computers for up to 30 minutes for free or you can use their wireless room for unlimited wireless access for free. Follow the rules and use the designated internet room; the librarians are grumpy!