Te Anau (New Zealand)

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Te Anau
Geographical location
Te Anau (New Zealand)
Te Anau
Coordinates 45 ° 25 ′  S , 167 ° 43 ′  E Coordinates: 45 ° 25 ′  S , 167 ° 43 ′  E
Country New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand
region Southland
District Southland District
Ward Te Anau Ward
Residents 1 911 (2013)
height 213 m
Post Code 9679
Telephone code +64 (0) 3
Photography of the place
Te Anau Main Street.jpg
Downtown Te Anau
Lake Te Anau

Te Anau is a small town in the Southland District of the Southland regionon the South Island of New Zealand .

Origin of name

The place was named after the lake of the same name, Lake Te Anau . The name is an abbreviation of the term Te ana-au in the Māori language and stands for “water rushing in a cave”.


The small town is located around 120 km northwest of Invercargill and around 64 km south-southwest of Milford Sound , at the southern end of Lake Te Anau , with 344 km² the largest lake in the South Island and the second largest lake in the country. The New Zealand State Highway 94 runs through Te Anau and , coming from the east in the town, bends north towards Milford Sound and is the only road to the fjord, which is popular with tourists. The New Zealand State Highway 95 branches off in Te Anau and connects the town with Manapouri , around 20 km south-southwest.


In the 2013 census, the town had 1911 inhabitants, 0.5% more than in the 2006 census.


The place lives mainly from tourism and agriculture in the area.


Because Te Anau is right on the border of the Fiordland National Park , the place is completely geared towards tourism. There is accommodation for around 3000 visitors and buses and sightseeing flights depart from Te Anau to Milford Sound in the north, as well as many hikes into Fiordland . The Kepler Track hiking trail , one of the nine Great Walks, begins or ends not far from the village . The track is run once a year as a Kepler Challenge ( ultramarathon ). By boat it is also possible to reach the Te Anau Caves , a cave system with an underground waterfall and glowworms ( Arachnocampa luminosa ), which are not identical to the German glow worms .


  • Helga Neubauer: Te Anau . In: The New Zealand Book . 1st edition. NZ Visitor Publications , Nelson 2003, ISBN 1-877339-00-8 , pp. 897 f .

Web links

Wikivoyage: Te Anau  - Travel Guide
  • Te Anau . Destination Fiordland,accessed on July 22, 2016.

Individual evidence

  1. a b 2013 Census QuickStats about a place : Te Anau . Statistics New Zealand , accessed July 22, 2016 .
  2. ^ Neubauer: Te Anau . In: The New Zealand Book . 2003, p. 898 .
  3. Topo250 maps . Land Information New Zealand , accessed September 20, 2017 .