57-59 Quintin Drive, Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand
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Seals frolick in the sounds
Lake Te Anau
Travel Tips for Te Anau
The cook at Settler's Steak House & Bar
I remembered the cook at Settler's Steak House & Bar where I had dinner because he is a very professional cook which really took time to grill my salmon steak to perfection. I managed to take a photograph of him at work.
Visit the DOC Visitors Centre.
The Department of Conservation (DOC), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, is at the south end of town on the waterfront. There are some interesting displays inside and of course lots of information about the National Park. From the centre, it is a 20 minute walk to an aviary where you can see rare Takahe (giant native swamp hens). There is an interesting story about these birds. Don't confuse them with Pukeko wandering around outside the cages! You can also see Kea, Kaka, and rare parakeets.
Manapouri is just a 20 mins drive from Te Anau.
It is a much quieter town than Te Anau and has a beautiful Fraser Beach. The Pearl Harbour is where the cruise departs from Manapouri to Doubtful Sound and Glowworm Caves.
Te Anau is a great destination and promotes itself as the "walking capital of the world". It is the gateway to the Fiordland National Park and Milford and Doubtful sounds.
Te Anau has access to the famous walking tracks of the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler. It has many more walks, some that ring the beautiful lake edge, some off the road to Milford or some that go a little further south at Manapouri.
Te Anau is a small town, but one that has plenty of amenities and of course is set amongst stunning mountains and the Lake. Lake Te Anau covers 352 sq kms and is both large and deep. A great spot for water sports or just relaxing. Across the Lake are some interesting Glow worm caves. The town makes a great base to go to Milford sound, although many tour buses come in direct from Queenstown and do not stop in town.
Te Anau is a popular family holiday spot, especially in summer, but for me, its remains an outstanding base to do some day walks or more serious tramps on the world famous tracks.
Te Anau - hike up Mt.Luxmore
Te Anau was a bit of a chill time. We played cards on the 1st night when Mike was around. The next day, I had a bit of a lie in. Alan and I still managed to squeeze in a 6 hr hike though. 1 hr walk to the Control Gates on the Lakeside Walk, 1-1.5 hr walk to Broad Bay, and another 1-1.5 hr walk up to the Limestone Bluffs towards Mt.Luxmore. Keeping pace with Alan was a bit of a challenge which was fine on the way up, and we practically ran coming down. But I doubly paid for all that pushing the last 2 hrs of the walk - I was in such pain. Luckily, all we did that night was watch the Count of Monte Cristo in the TV lounge.
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Address: 57-59 Quintin Drive, Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand