Dining out in Te Anau
Te Anau’s permanent population of 2,000 people can double overnight when the town is full of visitors travelling from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Thanks to all this activity, Te Anau offers a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs. In the town centre, you’ll find Chinese, Indian and a surprisingly high number of Italian pizza restaurants. Modern kiwi cuisine is expertly served up at restaurants like Redcliff, Fat Duck or The Ranch. If you’re looking for something fast, fresh and delicious, ask a local for directions to the food trucks. They are always busy and for good reason.
If you’re looking for somewhere to have a drink in Te Anau, don’t miss the Black Dog Bar & Fiordland Cinema. This cool hangout is a favourite for locals and visitors and is the perfect place to grab a glass of New Zealand Pinot Noir or craft beer and watch the world go by. Next to the bar, the cinema plays Fiordland’s most famous movie, Ata Whenua, every day. Ata Whenua is a 32-minute cinematic odyssey high above the breathtaking Fiordland landscapes from the perspective of a helicopter flight.
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Wild Food in Te Anau
Many people don’t know Te Anau is one of the best places on the planet to find a delicious delicacy. Fiordland crayfish (rock lobster) lives in the cold, pristine waters of the nearby sounds. This local lobster of exceptional quality is shipped around the world but thankfully, plenty makes it onto the menus of Te Anau restaurants. Other locally-sourced delicacies to sample include wild venison, blue cod and river trout.