Top things to do

Top Choice South American in Te Anau


Mountains of crayfish, mouth-watering ceviche and perfectly seared steaks are whisked to tables at this efficient but friendly family-run place. South American flair permeates the menu (quinoa-crusted orange roughy,…
Top Choice Cafe in Te Anau

Sandfly Cafe

As popular with locals as travellers, Sandfly serves the town's best espresso alongside breakfasts, light meals of pasta or club sandwiches, and an impressive rack of sweet treats from caramel slices to berry friand…
Cave in Te Anau

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Stare up at constellations of glowworms on an underground boat ride. Once present only in Māori legends, this 200m-long cave system was rediscovered in 1948. Its sculpted rocks, waterfalls and whirlpools are impress…
Modern NZ in Te Anau

Redcliff Cafe

Housed in a replica settler’s cottage, relaxed Redcliff offers well-executed locally sourced food amid nostalgic decor (think old photos and antique sewing machines). We liked the succulent slow-roasted pork and wil…
Cinema in Te Anau

Fiordland Cinema

In between regular showings of the excellent Ata Whenua/Fiordland on Film (adult/child $10/5), essentially a 32-minute advertisement for Fiordland scenery, Fiordland Cinema serves as the local movie house.
Viewpoint in Milford Hwy

Mirror Lakes

Fifty-eight kilometres north of Te Anau along the Milford Hwy are the Mirror Lakes, arguably the most popular stop on this world-renowned road trip. A five-minute stroll along the boardwalk takes you to a lookout wh…
Pub Food in Manapouri

Lakeview Cafe & Bar

The motor inn's cafe serves substantial meals (pizzas, schnitzels, venison stew and a token vegie dish) with a generous side order of lake views from the front lawn. The adjacent bar is well located for a drink as y…
Bar in Te Anau

Black Dog Bar

Cocktails, Kiwi-style tapas, a smooth soundtrack and plump black sofas by an open fire...they all conspire to make Black Dog the most sophisticated watering hole in Te Anau. It's attached to the Fiordland Cinema,
Pub Food in Manapouri

The Church

No need to head up to Te Anau for a satisfying feed and a few beers, hurrah! Plates heavy with steaks, burgers and butter chicken are hauled to tables in this converted church building, now a merry pub with exceptio…
Viewpoint in Milford Hwy

Pop's View

If you can find a parking space, pause at Pop's View for a bird's-eye view over the forest-cloaked Hollyford Valley. It's 87km north of Te Anau along the Milford Hwy.