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  • Address: Fiordland National Park
When it comes to the dreamlike landscape of Fiordland, the mountainous peaks might provide the drama, but it’s the shimmering lakes that provide the contour. In the case of Lake Te Anau, 
this massive, deep, glacially carved lake wraps its arms around Fiordland’s mountains in a geological embrace. This is the second largest lake in New Zealand—but the largest in total volume—and it forms the backdrop for the town of Te Anau and the road toward Milford Sound. 
 
Of all of the activities to take part in on Lake Te Anau, touring the glowworm caves is undoubtedly the most popular. These luminescent critters inhabit the ceilings of dark caves on 
the shoreline, and the ride to the other side of the lake offers sweeping views of the surroundings. The lake also provides a stunning backdrop for hikers tackling the Kepler Track, and there are small beaches that dot the lake, perfect for a cold dip.

Practical Info

Lake Te Anau is located near the town of Te Anau, which lies two hours south of Queenstown and 1.5 hours from Milford Sound. The lake temperature fluctuates between 48° F in the winter months to 59° F in the summer, and there are good swimming beaches to the north of town as well as at Brod Bay and Dock Bay (accessible via a 3.4-mile section of the Kepler Track). Water taxis are also available during the summer months between Te Anau and Brod Bay. Glowworm tours depart from Te Anau, and if you book a tour for late in the afternoon, the return ride turns into a sunset cruise.

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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 116 Reviews

The fascinating Te Anau caves system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau offers an underground adventure that charms visitors of all ages. This tour takes ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.62

3-Day Milford Sound, Te Anau, Taieri Gorge and Dunedin Tour from Queenstown

Experience the natural beauty and history of New Zealand’s South Island on a 3-day tour to Milford Sound, Te Anau, Dunedin, Taieri Gorge and Pukerangi. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $709.81

Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $276.51
$288.70 Save $12.19

Te Anau Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

With this Te Anau Super Saver, you’ll be amazed by the natural wonders of New Zealand. On your first day, cruise Milford Sound and admire the dramatic scenery ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $187.05

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