Lake Te Anau
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Lake Te Anau is a great place for lots of activities including walking, tramping, boating, fishing, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming and water skiing at Brod Bay. Te Anau is the closest town with facilities to Fiordland National Park, a wilderness area famed for tramping and spectacular scenery.


Families with children can play it safe close to the township. You can also visit the Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary for a glimpse of the rare, flightless takahē and other birds.

If you have more time and the right skills and gear - there’s plenty of adventure further up the lake. It is the closest town to world-famous Milford Sound (2 hours drive), and the start of the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford Track Great Walks.

Enjoy the spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains from town or the lakeside tracks, or from the water on your boat or kayak.

The Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre on Lakefront Drive has all the park information you need, as well as an excellent range of conservation merchandise. Find out about walking tracks and Great Walks, hunting, boating and other activities in the park, natural history, conservation and more. 

Place overview


  • Adventure activities


  • Toilets
  • Visitor centre
  • Check clean dry
    Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

    Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

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Lake Manapouri is excellent for boating,

There is a boat ramp in the township of Manapouri at Pearl Harbour, which launches into the lower Waiau River. In the summer months Frazers Beach is a popular spot for recreational water sports including water skiing.

Special care needs to be taken if landing on either Pomona or Rona islands as there is significant effort being undertaken to rid these islands of introduced pests and bring back native wildlife.

  • Check your boat and packs for rats and mice before setting foot on the islands
  • Do not take any animals, including pets to the islands, as they can have a devastating effect on native wildlife
  • Keep to tracks and minimise disturbance to birds
  • Report any sightings of animal, plant or insect pests


Lake Manaporouri offers excellent fishing from the shore or boat for brown or rainbow trout and atlantic salmon.


You can swim in the lake.

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    Getting there

    Te Anau is considered the ‘gateway to Fiordland’ and can be reached by SH6 and SH94 from Queenstown (179 km, 2 hours 20 minutes drive) or SH1 and SH94 from Invercargill (150 km, 2 hours drive). Regular bus services are available from these centres. 

    Know before you go

    The town of Te Anau has full visitor facilities with shops and places to stay. 

    Get information to prepare for your trip to Fiordland:


    Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
    Address:   Fiordland National Park
    Visitor Centre
    Lakefront Drive
    Te Anau 9600
    Full office details
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