Te Anau is a world-renowned tourist resort nestled on the shores of the South Islands largest lake. Known as the ‘Gateway to Fiordland’, it is the closest town to the majestic Milford and Doubtful Sounds and welcomes thousands of visitors per year.
Surrounded by a panoramic landscape the entire area is filled with outdoor pursuit opportunities from hunting to trout fishing, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, golf, and boating.
Fiordland itself is blessed with a dynamic ecosystem dating back millions of years. With lush temperate forests and thousands of hectares of untouched wilderness, the bush and mountain environment is second to none.
Famous walking tracks close by include the Milford, Hollyford, Kepler, Hump Ridge and Routeburn and there are a plethora of easily accessed and well-formed hiking tracks for day walks or overnight excursions.
The areas reputation for world-class fly-fishing is second to none and the opportunities are endless for maximizing angling in the local rivers and lakes. Brown trout, rainbow trout and even some land locked salmon are all popular catches.
As a summer resort for the surrounding Southland and Central Otago communities, Te Anau is an attractive destination for water activities like boating, kayaking, yachting, snorkelling, water skiing, and jet boating. An outdoor lifestyle is easy to enjoy here with tourism and farming the predominant economic drivers in the area. Helicopter operators, tour guiding companies, luxury lodges, and boutique accommodation providers show an entrepreneurial spirit and the town itself has a thriving cosmopolitan centre.