Te Anau is a pretty lakeside resort approximately a two hour drive south of Queenstown
. Due to its increasing tourist trade it has developed in to a lively town with waterfront cafes/restaurants and activities on offer. The town is situated on the south-eastern shore of Lake Te Anau one of the largest lakes in the South Island of New Zealand. There are a number of lake cruises to choose from, if you prefer you can hire rowing boats, jet skis or a kayak. Te Anau makes an ideal base for touring and exploring Fiordland (National Park) and is the nearest town to Milford Sound.
A boat trip will take you across Lake Te Anau to Te Anauís Glow Worm Caves where a walkway and punts will take you to the heart of the cave system. The caves are home to thousands of New Zealandís Glow Worms, you can explore a sequence of magical limestone grottos and see waterfalls, this visitor attraction is worth doing, and the trip to the caves takes around two and a half hours it can be booked locally.
Another visitor attraction that may be of interest is the Te Anau Wildlife Centre just outside the town where you will see native birds and the rare flightless takahe bird.
The scenic 121km road to Milford Sound from Te Anau has World Heritage Highway status approximately 30km along the route is Anau Downs where you can take a boat trip to the Milford Track, see the Mirror Lakes, which take their name from the strange images its surface reflects. As you continue your drive towards Milford Sound you will experience the section of road which is known as The Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain, the mountain appears to shrink while you are driving toward it! En route you will pass dense forests and small lakes.
The road splits a short distance from here, one road precedes west up the mountain towards the Homer Tunnel which was started in 1935 and not open to traffic until 1954 it is 1200m long. After leaving the tunnel you will see some spectacular views
along the Cleddau Valley, a short distance from the tunnel is the Chasm, you may want to have a break and take a stroll to see the steep falls where the Cleddau River drops about 22m through a series of rock formations, well worth the 20 minutes or so walk. As you take to the road again you will come to the Head of Milford Sound, which is the most famous and accessible of the magnificent glacier fiords Fiordlands best known attraction along New Zealandís south western coast.
There are various boat trips on offer from overnight cruises that take you to the Tasman Sea, scenic day trips where you can see seals and dolphins, waterfalls and pass some geological formations including Lion Mountain. Milford Sound is also popular for adventure water activities such as diving and kayaking.
The Fiordland National Park is one of the best places to visit if you enjoy walking and has four main walking tracks two of them Milford and Routeburn advanced booking is essential the others you are advised to book in advance. The Routeburn Track takes three days to complete; it is 24 miles in length and takes you through stunning landscapes. If you require more information on the walking tracks you should contact the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau.
Milford Soundís most famous landmark is Mitre Peak a 1692m rock ascending from the deep fiord. Te Anau is Fordlandís commercial centre and along with Fiordland attracts many visitors from around the world, with so many spectacular and memorable sights to see and visit in the region you are sure to have many exciting experiences
on your holiday here. With so much on offer you should plan your itinerary prior to your holiday so you may experience as much as possible in New Zealand.
There is a variety of accommodation available from self-catering motel rooms to hotels some with lakeside views and a backpackerís lodge at Milford Sound. If you would like more detailed information on any of the places of interest we have mentioned the information centre is on Milford Road, Te Anau. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to supply you with current tourist information for the time you wish to visit in this area.