Te Anau is a town of about two thousand people on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau, in the South Island’s Fiordland region.
Te Anau makes a good base for tourists to explore the stunning Milford Sound. Take a leisurely cruise or a guided dive. Alternately, Milford and Doubtful Sounds offer sea kayaking.
A cruise across the lake will take you to Cavern House and its glow-worm caves.
The Sounds can also be viewed by helicopter, allowing you to see remote and dramatic valleys and mountains.
For trampers, Te Anau is the launching point for the southern walking tracks – Milford, Kepler and the Routeburn. It’s also handy for mountains in the ski season, and the lake itself offers fishing, boating and water-skiing all year round.
In the Wildlife Park, you can view many rare native birds, including the takahe, once thought to be extinct. Or you can feed rainbow and brown trout in an underground observatory.