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About Lake Te Anau, Queenstown

Lake Te Anau is in the southwestern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The lake covers an area of 344 km², making it the second-largest lake by surface area in New Zealand (after Lake Taupo) and the largest in the South Island. It is the largest lake in Australasia by fresh water volume. The main body of the lake runs north-south, and is 65 km in length. Three large fiords form arms to the lake on its western flank: North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord. These are the only inland fiords that New Zealand has, the other 14 are out on the coast. Several small islands lie in the entrance to Middle Fiord, which forks partway along its length into northwest and southwest arms. The surface of the lake is at an altitude of 210 m. It has a maximum depth of 417 m, so much of its bed lies below sea level, with the deepest part of the lake being 226 metres below sea level. Several rivers feed the lake, of which the most important is the Eglinton River, which joins the lake from the east, opposite the entrance to North Fiord. The outflow is the Waiau River, which flows south for several kilometres into Lake Manapouri. The town of Te Anau lies at the south-eastern corner of the lake, close to the outflow. Most of the lake is within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, the latter of which was officially recognized internationally in 1990. Other than the Te Anau township, the only human habitation close to the lake is the farming settlement of Te Anau Downs, close to the mouth of the Eglinton River. Between these two settlements the land is rolling hill country, but elsewhere the land is mountainous, especially along its western shore, where the Kepler and Murchison Mountains rise 1,400 m above the surface of the lake. Lake Te Anau was important for the Ngai Tahu iwi in pre-European times as the area was a traditional stopping point on their trails between the east and west coasts of the South Island of New Zealand, where they obtained food and resources. The lake was first discovered by European explorers Charles Naim and William Stephen in 1852. Two New Zealand Great Walks start at the lake. The Milford Track starts at the northern tip of the lake and the Kepler Track starts and ends at the south tip of the lake at the Waiau River.


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  • Best Of Milford: Cruise, Tour And BBQ Lunch From Te Anau
    Best Of Milford: Cruise, Tour And BBQ Lunch From Te Anau
    Duration: 9 hour

    Experience all the best that Milford sound offers. On this small group tour leaving from Te Anau, explore Fiordland National Park, cruise Milford Sound, enjoy a Kiwi style BBQ lunch.

    From USD 132.18 Per Person View Deal
  • Te Anau Full-Day Tour To Milford Sound & Return: Queenstown
    Te Anau Full-Day Tour To Milford Sound & Return: Queenstown
    2 ReviewsDuration: 1 day

    Journey through the breathtakingly beautiful mountains, rivers, and waterfalls of Milford Sound on a full-day scenic tour. Take in the awe-inspiring landscapes, and enjoy a 1-hour and 45 minute-long cruise to admire the majestic Mitre Peak from the w

    From USD 154.95 Per Person View Deal
  • From Christchurch: 11-Day New Zealand Motorcycle Tour
    From Christchurch: 11-Day New Zealand Motorcycle Tour
    Duration: 11 day

    See the majestic South Island of New Zealand by motorcycle on an 11-day guided tour. Experience touring the roads amid one of the world's most varied landscapes as you visit New Zealand's rugged mountains, pristine rainforests, and tumbling rivers.

    From USD 4856.45 Per Person View Deal
  • South Island 10-Day Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour
    South Island 10-Day Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour
    Duration: 10 day

    This 10-day self-guided motorcycle tour features the highlights of the South Island. Loop through the Southern Alps, explore Glacier Country and see Milford Sound. With GPS, a late-model motorcycle and the South Island in front of you, you're ready t

    From USD 2203.52 Per Person View Deal
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