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Te Anau is widely recognised as the heart of the Fiordland Region, famous for the incredible fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound and its breathtaking scenery, not to mention the world-class hiking tracks enjoyed by thousands all year round. Read below for my suggestions as to how you can make the most of your magical experience of one of New Zealand's most renowned tourist destinations.
My Top 4 Activities For The Young at Heart in Te Anau
A day long cruise through the beautiful Doubtful Sound is a fantastic way to enjoy the sights and experience some of the countries most raved about scenery. After arriving on one of the organised coach connections to the start of the cruise, you are taken across Lake Manapouri to West Arm, then onto a coach ride over Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound itself, before boarding the catamaran for a three hour cruise through the fiord. An experienced nature guide offers commentary along the way, pointing out the highlights and sighting the wildlife which often includes fur seals and bottlenose dolphins.
Full to the brim with stops at various highlights along the way, the day is long and action-packed but well worth the experience.
The full four-day Milford Track, while it is an amazing experience, can be very strenuous on the body and obviously takes up at least four days of your visit. So as an alternative to the full hike and to make sure you still experience the many wonders of the most visited fiord, you can join a day long guided walk.
The journey starts off in Te Anua where you are met by your guide and taken by coach to Te Anau Downs before hopping on a short lake cruise to the beginning of the track. The walk then commences through the bush, your guide pointing out the native wildlife and sharing the history of the area along the way.
The walk is casual and no up-hill climbs are involved, it is purely to enjoy and explore the beautiful area. A total of 4-5 hours of walking is included in the day and the group sizes are limited to 12 people per guide.
A trip through the underground caves of Te Anau will prove a magical experience beginning with a cruise across Lake Te Anau then through the winding caves by boat to the deep, dark home of thousands of glowworms.
The duration of the whole trip is just over 2 hours long and is led by a trained guide who informs you of the history of the caves and shows you to the best places to see the glowworms. The caves are open daily all year round.
At Westray Farm Horse Treks you can enjoy the spectacular views surrounding the Fiordland National Park on horseback! Just 5km from Te Anau centre its both a convenient and fun way to spend an afternoon, and no experience with horses is necessary. The 2-3 hour horse trek goes through local farmland and along the surrounding mountain ranges, making the most of the surrounding nature and scenic views. And the best part is that is no strenuous activity is involved - you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride ahead!
Luxury Motel Style Te Anau Accommodation Perfect For The Young at Heart
Radfords Lakeview Motel - Waterfront luxury motel accommodation on offer at Radfords and just a 3 minute walk away from the town centre. All units are equipped with balconies or patios, views of the lake and high-speed internet and are fully self-catering. Studio, one bedroom and two bedroom rooms available.
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