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Te Anau

‘A cherished corner of the world where mountains and valleys compete with each other for room, where scale is almost beyond comprehension, rainfall is measured in metres and scenery encompasses the broadest width of emotions’.

The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of beautiful lake Te Anau, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. The serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau make up the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in NZ, and are bordered on its western shore by lush virgin forest.

The international reputation as the “walking capital of the world” is well earned, with Te Anau being the departure point for many excellent walking tracks, and the closest service base to Milford Sound, with a scenic 2 1⁄2 hour drive from Te Anau to Milford.

Visitors can view outstanding vistas of the lake, mountains and farmland and travellers can enjoy a walk along the lakeshore to the Wildlife Park to view the extremely rare Takahe (endemic to Fiordland) as well as many other native birds.

The Te Anau Glowworm Caves are another well known attraction accessible from Te Anau, with regular scheduled launch departures transporting passengers on a 35 minute journey across the lake to explore these unique caves.

Local cafés and restaurants provide a variety of dining options, from fish and chips to fine dining, and the opportunity to sample local Fiordland fare of venison, lobster and other seafood.

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