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How to Spend 2 Days in Te Anau

How to Spend 2 Days in Te Anau

Considered the gateway to Fiordland National Park, Te Anau and the surrounding UNESCO-listed landscape beg to be explored. From the South Island’s largest lake and the Waiau River to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, there’s no shortage of options for the active traveler. Here’s how to get the best from Te Anau in two days.

Day 1: Cruising Speed

**Morning:**Stay local with a morning cruise on Lake Te Anau—it’s an easy way to get your bearings while motoring around. Alternatively, if you absolutely must see glacier-carved Milford Sound, head out on a day tour tour that includes a nature cruise down to the Tasman Sea. 

**Afternoon:**Up the pace with a scenic jet-boat ride on the lake, or zip around the Waiau River and combine your tour with a guided fishing trip. The waterways are stocked with brown trout and rainbow trout, so both novices and experienced anglers will enjoy spin fishing or fly fishing.

**Night:**Set off across the lake before sunset, and head to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves for a subterranean adventure. The family-friendly journey includes a tour in dark caverns illuminated by thousands of pinprick lights. Tours end early in the evening, so there’s plenty of time afterwards for dinner and an early turn in.

Day 2: Hikes, Flights, and Bikes

**Morning:**The Kepler Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, begins right here on the lakeshore. Rise early and start your day trek from the township, with a guide or on your own, or book a water taxi that will drop you off closer to the trailhead to expedite the lengthy hike to Mount Luxmore. 

**Afternoon:**Milford Sound may get the most attention, but Fiordland’s second-largest fiord, Doubtful Sound, also makes a great trip from Te Anau. Due to its vast length and remote location, the sound can take some time to explore; opt for a helicopter trip to reach the area faster and enjoy a panoramic tour from above.

 

**Night:**If you have any energy left after your daytime adventures, spend the evening explore the local terrain on a bicycle. River taxis and rental companies take passengers to and from nearby cycle and pedestrian paths. After you return a short ride, relax at one of Te Anau’s restaurants with beer and a plate of local seafood.

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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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See the glowworm caves of Te Anau on an underground adventure sure to charm visitors of all ages. An informative guide joins you on the 2hour and 15 minute Te Anau glowworm caves tour, starting with a cruise across Lake Te Anau. Then marvel at the shimmering illumination of thousands of glowworms as you glide through the quiet darkness of this magical underground world.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$66,97
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Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

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Travel along the spectacular Milford Road on a full-day Milford Sound tour from Te Anau. Have the chance to see native wildlife like the endangered kea (an alpine parrot), seals, dolphins, and the Fiordland crested penguin. Visit Gunns Camp, take short walks to beautiful sights including the Chasm and Marian Cascade, and take a sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound. Includes entrance fees, boat cruise with live commentary, morning tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
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US$120,34
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Morning Tea Cruise on Historic Motor Yacht from Te Anau

Morning Tea Cruise on Historic Motor Yacht from Te Anau

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It can be difficult to really stop and appreciate the sights and sounds of Fiordland National Park when you’re hiking or mountain biking. This easy-going morning cruise takes the hiking packs, sweating and heavy breathing out of the equation. Cruise along Lake Te Anau in an elegant 1930s sailing yacht and enjoy the views of the towering Southern Alps from the lake.
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  • 3 hours
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US$85,45
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Kepler Track Water Taxi

Kepler Track Water Taxi

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The Kepler Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, running from the shores of Lake Te Anau to Lake Manapouri and back via majestic alpine vistas. Start your trek off with this private water taxi across Lake Te Anau to Brod Bay. From there, stroll back to Te Anau along the lake’s limestone bluffs or, for more of a challenge, hike up Mount Luxmore, a summit with impressive views of Te Anau basin.
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  • 15 minutes
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