Te Anau Tourist Attractions
Te Anau Tourist Attractions – The township sits on the edge of the Lake Te Anau, lying on the border of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area and Fiordland National Park. The picturesque township of Te Anau becomes the main visitor basis for the glacier-carved wilderness namely Fiordland National Park. Te Anau is the town which connects Queenstown to Milford Sound by road. Two hours drive from Queenstown, the famous picturesque Milford Road starts in the centre of Te Anau.
The guided tours to Milford Sound stop or depart at Te Anau, and the town has more than 4000 beds to offer to the travelers wishing to stay the night. A home to a vast range of accommodation including campgrounds, lodges, and hotels, Te Anau is famous for the perfect stop off on the way to Milford Sound from Queenstown. It is best to book the accommodation ahead during the busy months of January, February and March.
Two of the great walks of New Zealand also start at the lake. The world famous Milford Track starts at its northern end, while the popular Kepler Track begins and ends at the south end of the lake, within walking range from Te Anau town centre. The tracks offer a sense of inspiration and freedom to rival any in the world.
Lake Te Anau is known as the largest lake in the South Island as well as the largest in the country by its water volume which getting to depths of more than 400 m. This lake sprawls at the feet of the high rugged mountains, and during the winter, days are clear and crisp with sunny days and frosty mornings. During the summer, the hot dry weather encourages water skiing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing on the lake. You can make plans to walk the Kepler Tracks, Milford, or Routeburn at the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre. Apart from hiking, the popular local activities include exploring the Te Ana-au Glowworm caves, lake cruising, and kayaking. There is also a wildlife park which specializes in native birds.
Te Anau is best known for its fine restaurants and has a seven-day a week shopping. The restaurants are plentiful and offers visitors the chance to taste delicious local fare such as seafood, venison, and lobster. If you are looking for places to stay, Te Anau offers dozens of motels, hotels, camping grounds, backpackers, and homestays. Since the drive from Queenstown to Milford may be quite time consuming, it is recommended that you take a night out here.
Tourists to Te Anau have a great option of things to do including hunting, four wheel driving, golf, coach tours, fishing, kayaking diving scenic boat cruises, and scenic flights.
The Wildlife Park of Te Anau takes only a ten-minute walking range from the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre on Lakefront. You can see a flightless alpine bird, the rediscovered Takahe, along with the other unique native birds such as the Parakeet, Tui, the Kaka, and Kea.
Don’t forget to explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, a rare example of a living cave which is yet under formation. Taking a beautiful cruise across the lake will drop you off at The Grotto, the location of a short walk and boat ride along water from the fresh water spring which will take you deep into the young 15,000 years old cave which is lit by thousands of tiny bioluminescent insects.
The bus services are regularly scheduled to link Te Anau to Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.