|Lake Te Anau|
|Location||Southland District, Southland Region, South Island|
|Primary inflows||Eglinton River|
|Primary outflows||Waiau River|
|Basin countries||New Zealand|
|Max. Southland (Murihiku is the name of New Zealand 's southernmost region and is also the name of a district within that region The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. In Hydrology, the inflow of a Body of water is the source of the Water in the body of water The Eglinton River is located in the southwest of New Zealand. In Hydrology, the discharge or outflow of a River is the volume of Water transported by it in a certain amount of time Waiau River is the name of three rivers in New Zealand. The most southerly and largest of these is in Southland, in the southern South Island A drainage basin is an extent of Land where Water from Rain or Snow melt drains downhill into a body of water such as a River, length||65 km|
|Surface area||344 km²|
|Max. To help compare different Orders of magnitude and geographical regions we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km² depth||270 m|
|Surface elevation||210 m|
Lake Te Anau is in the south-western corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Te Anau is a town in the South Island of New Zealand. It is on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland. The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island Its name was originally Te Ana-au, Maori for 'The cave of swirling water'. The lake covers an area of 344 km², making it the second-largest lake in New Zealand (after Lake Taupo) and the largest in the South Island. A lake (from Latin lacus) is a Terrain feature (or Physical feature) a body of Liquid on the surface of a world that is localized to the To help compare different Orders of magnitude and geographical regions we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km² This is a list of lakes in New Zealand. There are 3820 Lakes in New Zealand with a Surface area larger than one Hectare. Lake Taupo is a Lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand.
The main body of the lake runs north-south, and is 65 km in length. Three large fiords form arms to the lake on its western flank: North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord. Several small islands lie in the entrance to Middle Fiord, which forks partway along its length into north-west and south-west arms. The lake lies at an altitude of 210 m, and since its maximum depth is 417 m much of its bed lies below sea level.
Several rivers feed the lake, of which the most important is the Eglinton River, which joins the lake from the east, opposite the entrance to North Fiord. The Eglinton River is located in the southwest of New Zealand. The outflow is the Waiau River, which flows south for several kilometres into Lake Manapouri. Waiau River is the name of three rivers in New Zealand. The most southerly and largest of these is in Southland, in the southern South Island Lake Manapouri is a Lake in the South Island of New Zealand. Its name is Maori for "sorrowful heart" though this name is misapplied The town of Te Anau lies at the south-eastern corner of the lake, close to the outflow. Te Anau is a town in the South Island of New Zealand. It is on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland.
Most of the lake is within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Te Wāhipounamu ( Māori for "the place of Greenstone " is a World Heritage site in the south west corner of the South Island of New Zealand A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site (such as a Forest, Mountain, Lake, Desert, Monument, Building, complex Other than the Te Anau township, the only human habitation close to the lake is the farming settlement of Te Anau Downs, close to the mouth of the Eglinton River. Between these two settlements the land is rolling hill country, but elsewhere the land is mountainous, especially along its western shore, where the Kepler and Murchison Mountains rise 1,400 m above the surface of the lake.
Two New Zealand Great Walks start at the lake. The New Zealand Great Walks are a set of popular Tramping tracks The Milford Track starts at the northern tip of the lake and the Kepler Track starts and ends at the south tip of the lake at the Waiau River. The Milford Track is New Zealand 's most famous tramping route and is one of the most famous walking tracks in the world The Kepler Track is a circular Tramping track which travels through some of the spectacular scenery on the South Island of New Zealand.
Several species of endangered birds live around the shores of Lake Te Anau, notably the Takahē (Notornis hochstetteri). The Takahē or South Island Takahē, Porphyrio hochstetteri is a Flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand and belonging to the rail family An area between the Middle and South Fiords called the Murchison Mountains is a sanctuary set aside for these birds. The western shore of the lake also features the Te Ana-au Caves, from which the lake gets its name. The Te Ana-au caves are a culturally and ecologically important system of Limestone caves on the western shore of Lake Te Anau, in the southwest of New Zealand