Destination guide

Experience Te Anau in holiday lettings

On New Zealand’s south island, you’ll find the small town of Te Anau on the shore of the lake of the same name. With breathtaking natural formations like the lake and local caves, alongside a bustling small town area, Te Anau makes a brilliant destination for travellers looking for outdoor-oriented holiday lettings. With numerous hiking, kayaking and fishing opportunities, outdoor adventure is seemingly never-ending in a town known for two world-famous hiking tracks.


Activities and attractions in and around Te Anau

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Te Anau a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Luxmore Jet (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Te Anau Wildlife Centre (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Te Anau Golf Course (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Te Anau Downs Jetty (16.2 mi / 26.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure near Te Anau holiday homes

In a destination known for its outdoor adventures, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities to travel outside around this town. Among its most famous activities is the Kepler Track. While this hiking trail can take four days to conquer in its entirety, the area located within Te Anau is already enough to satisfy outdoor adventurers. You may also want to stop by the Te Anau Glowworm Caves to see a vast underground network of limestone caves illuminated by hundreds of glowworms in a stunning display of glittering bioluminescence. The town’s namesake, Lake Te Anau, is a sight to behold, with plenty of opportunity for kayaking, swimming and fishing—all against a backdrop of towering peaks and clear blue skies.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Te Anau

Travellers appreciate the panoramic lake views and beautiful parks, which is just a taste of what Te Anau has to offer. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Te Anau is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lake Te Anau (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Ivon Wilson Scenic Reserve (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Kepler Track (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves (8.3 mi / 13.3 km)
  • Lake Manapouri (11 mi / 17.7 km)
How to get around

Transport to Te Anau holiday rentals

Arriving at Te Anau is a bit of a journey, as the only airport in town is just a small runway meant for light sightseeing aircraft on local air tours. The motorway from nearby Queenstown and Invercargill leads right to Te Anau, however, so it’s easy to find by driving or hiring a car. Additionally, you can take InterCity Coachlines from a variety of cities to arrive by bus. Tracknet also runs busses to Te Anau from Queenstown and Invercargill. This service can even get you to Te Anau from Stewart Island with a combined ferry and bus ticket. Once you’re in town, getting around is easy, whether you plan to drive, take the local bus, or walk.


Events near your Te Anau holiday rental

Te Anau is a town full of outdoor adventures, so it’s only natural that a few of them have been turned into challenges and competitions. The Kepler Challenge, for example, is held every December, and it challenges runners to travel 60 km through the Kepler Track as fast as they can. For a less physically strenuous event, you can partake in the Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic competition. Over Labour Weekend, both teams and individuals take to Te Anau Lake to see who can bring in the largest catch of the day, while dealing with mystery catch factors that are always changing. For more culture-oriented fun, you can attend the Te Anau Tartan Festival held around Easter every year. This event celebrates Southland’s Scottish heritage with family-friendly games, dancing, music, arts and crafts.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Te Anau?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 72 holiday rentals around Te Anau. From 69 holiday houses to 3 cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Te Anau is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Te Anau?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Te Anau. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Fiordland Cinema: 85 holiday rentals
  • Luxmore Jet: 85 holiday rentals
  • Lake Manapouri: 84 holiday rentals
  • Kepler Track: 84 holiday rentals
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves: 73 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Te Anau listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Te Anau?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 69 Houses in Te Anau. Our other popular types of Te Anau holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 3 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 3 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 3 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with internet/wifi in Te Anau?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with internet/wifi among our 59 holiday homes with internet/wifi available in Te Anau. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.