Te Anau is located in Fiordland, in the south west of the South Island. It is a remote destination but has a lot to offer and is just two hours drive from Queenstown.
The town is nestled next to Lake Te Anau with a mountainous back drop – stunning in winter with snow on the peaks. The town boasts plenty of facilities and amenities for tourists, with plenty of options for all budgets.
From Te Anau, it is a 2.5 hour drive to the picturesque Milford Sound. Here there are plenty of tramps, boat trips, and kayaking adventures to be had. Stay in Bella Vista Motel Te Anau and make a day trip to Milford Sound.
Boat cruises: There are many boats that do cruises on Lake Te Anau and through Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, including overnight cruises. See all sorts of marine life – dolphins, penguins, seals, and fish – all against breath taking scenery. Some cruises also offer fishing trips and charters, if you wish to catch your dinner! Most boats have snacks and drinks on board, making for a pleasant trip.
Travel by boat across Lake Manapouri, coach ride over Willmot Pass into Deep Cove, cruise Doubtful Sound and some of its many arms, experience the silence and serenity of natures unspoilt spectacle. Enter the Tasman sea, see the seal colonies, learn of the history that covers millions of years, then when you think it can't get better visit NZ largest hydro electric power station which is 600 feet underground - amazing.
Jet Boating: See all parts of Fiordland that can’t otherwise be accessed, on a jet boat. These trips are designed to showcase the natural beauty of the rainforested mountains hitting the water while zooming around in a jet boat. Because Fiordland is very rugged, it is dangerous to tramp or drive in many areas. Going on the water is the only way to embrace all of what Te Anau and Milford Sound have to offer.
Family Activities: There are many activities and groups offered over the summer months for your children to enjoy. Take a small boat through the Glow Worm Caves, and spot the little glow worms in near darkness. For something closer to town, there is a mini golf course that kids will love. Later on why not hire some bikes and explore Te Anau at your own pace.
Go horse riding, quad biking, visit 'Lord of the Rings' site where large parts of the trilogy were filmed and ‘The Hobbit’ film sites.
Kayaking/canoeing: One of the best ways to really explore Milford sound is by hiring a kayak. Enjoy the scenery at your own pace with tours starting from one hour ranging through to multiple nights. Get up close with nature and paddle to one of the many waterfalls. Drift along with dolphins and seals as they swim beside you.
Mountain biking: As well as hiring town bikes, there are also mountain bikes to hire for the nearby trails. Go at your own pace around the peaceful lake edge and anywhere you stop for a break will be perfectly scenic. Hire for up to a full day.
Tramps and walks: Take a guide or go with a friend, there are plenty of tracks to choose from. Lake Te Anau is New Zealand’s 2nd largest lake but has the longest shoreline. Fiordland is home to the best of NZ walks – the Milford, the Kepler, and the Routeburn. These are longer, multi day tramps with good paths and spectacular views. There are also shorter, easier tracks for any ability or those with time constraints.
Where to stay?
Book your trip to Te Anau today and stay with Bella Vista Motel Te Anau. Your friendly local hosts Selby and Janelle can assist with all your local activities and Milford and Doubtful Sound tours. If going away on an overnight walking trip or boat excursion they can safely store your belongings, vehicles and boats.
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