Lake Te Anau

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Lake Te Anau: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Boat Cruise with Guided Walk

1. Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Boat Cruise with Guided Walk

Your tour will begin when you arrive at the historic wharf of Lake Te Anau 5, where you'll be greeted by your crew and welcomed aboard “Faith”. You'll then receive a personalized briefing about safety onboard the ship and what to expect during the cruise.  Once onboard, you’ll be free to roam around and your crew will offer you a drink and a chat during the 40-minute journey to the Hidden Lakes wharf. During this time, you’ll learn about the history of your cruise ship, the vessel’s journey from Scotland in the 1980s and its Royal Navy service during WW2. Upon arrival at the Hidden Lakes, experience a guided walking tour of Fiordland National Park of roughly 45 minutes, and learn about the surrounding flora and fauna from your guide. Once back at the wharf, enjoy a selection of canapés and desserts in the calm of the cove. Finally, sit back and enjoy the journey home or visit the engine room to take a turn behind the wheel.

Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Scenic Cruise and Walk with Morning Tea

2. Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Scenic Cruise and Walk with Morning Tea

Begin your tour at the historic wharf of Lake Te Anau, where you'll be greeted by your crew and welcomed aboard. After a safety briefing and check-in, you'll be free to explore the ship. Enjoy some light refreshments on the scenic 40-minute journey to the Hidden Lakes wharf.   Upon arrival, leave the ship for a guided 45-minute walk through the Fiordland National Park. Learn about the surrounding flora and fauna from your guide. Once back at the ship, enjoy a delicious morning tea with a selection of canapes and desserts in the peaceful cove. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the journey back to Lake Te Anau.

Te Anau: Evening Scenic Cruise

3. Te Anau: Evening Scenic Cruise

Glide over scenic lake Te Anau with this Fiordland Historic Cruises group tour. Enjoy the snow-capped peaks reflected in the pristine lake while sipping complimentary drinks and savoring tasty canapés. Anchor in an idyllic sheltered cove, and explore the historic ship Faith. Listen as your local crew shares the facinating story of the ship with you. Learn more about the stunning scenery you’re seeing. Take some time to bask in being in some of the most remote and untouched land in New Zealand. Get plenty of room, as this company caters to small groups of passengers. Hear personalized commentaries from the crew. Get the chance to help raise the sails and steer this classic ship over the lake.

Te Anau: Kepler Water Taxi Transfer across Lake Te Anau

4. Te Anau: Kepler Water Taxi Transfer across Lake Te Anau

Travel across Lake Te Anau on the Kepler Water Taxi to reach the world-famous Kepler Track for a day walk. Meet the water taxi on the lakefront and head across to Brod Bay to explore the stunning Fiordland National Park at your own pace. Best of all, the trip is just a short 15 minutes. Sit back and relax during your comfortable transfer across the lake and marvel at the stunning natural surroundings. Once on the other side, explore the Kepler Track in a number of ways — there's something for everyone. If you're looking for a challenge, set your sights on Mount Luxmore. The summit can be reached in a day with a water taxi transfer across the lake, and is well worth it for the astounding views over Lake Te Anau and Fiordland. Alternatively, choose a more relaxing option by enjoying a gentle 10-kilometer walk from the same staring point, and walk your way around the bay back to Te Anau.

Te Anau: Milford Sound Scenic Flight with Lakeside Landing

5. Te Anau: Milford Sound Scenic Flight with Lakeside Landing

Begin your adventure by soaring over the shores of Lake Te Anau. It’s a great way to get a feel for the grand Fiordland scenery right from the get-go. Once airborne again, fly high above the remote Wick Mountains and the rugged landscapes that surround the range. Look out for Lake Iceberg, which does exactly what its name says — grows icebergs. Soak up stunning views of Mitre Peak and Milford Sound as they unfold below; circuit the fiord to follow the route of the Milford Track. Soar over the McKinnon Pass — one of the tougher parts of the Milford — followed by a landing at Lake Quill, a hanging lake that is the source of the famous Sutherland Falls. Milford Sound itself is more than 9 miles long, running from the Tasman Sea to Deep Water Basin Harbour. It was the location for epic scenic shots in The Hobbit Trilogy; carved by glaciers, it really is deserving of every superlative you can think of. Returning to Te Anau, watch as the rugged beauty of Fiordland National Park unfolds before your eyes.

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What people are saying about Lake Te Anau

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Fabulous cruise, certainly helped by beautiful weather, and the scenery is simply stunning. The "Faith" is a beautiful old boat and the crew, George and Sam, are most hospitable and friendly, and totally passionate about the boat the the tour they offer. The walk to the Hidden Lake is beautiful and we were entertained by several black robins along the way. Just make sure you wear sturdy shoes. The most relaxing way to spend 3 hours in Te Anau, such good value. Thank you George and Adam, and to Adam for some beautiful bagpipe playing way out in the middle of the lake.

We had a wonderful morning excursion on the beautiful Faith with George and skipper, Marie. They took us across the lake, we moored then went on a walk through the forest. George was very entertaining with his knowledge about the area. Had a great morning tea aboard and back to Te Anau using the sails. Such a worthwhile trip. Thanks

Magical evening cruise on beautiful Lake Te Anau. From the lake there are spectacular mountain views in all directions. I am not a boat person but I appreciate the skills and passion of people who are. Thank you to Marie, George and Adam whose love of what they do shines through and made it an unforgettable experience for us!!!

Thanks to George and Marie for a wonderful 2 hrs on the beautiful Faith. You guys were amazing . Great high tea and fantastic walk to the hidden lake with really informative info. Definitely one of our South Island highlights. Awesome to meet you. - Julie and Alix

Great family activity. Hosts were brilliant! Loved every minute!