Lake Mistletoe walk
If you are staying at hotel or backpackers at Te Anau Downs, there is a short walk to lake Mistletoe. It only takes about 20 minutes and is qute pretty especially the walk through the beech forest. Take a jacket with you it can get quite cold and wet quickly.
Te Anau Museum
Te Anau Museum is located insdie the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre (DOC).
You will be brought back to the history of Te Anau whith pictures and exhibits. This museum offers visitors a history lesson on what happened back in time.
There is also a section where there are many books with awesome pictures of the Fiordland and some posters are on sale too.
There is a 20 mins audio visual slide show presentation on the Fiordlands.
We arrived at Lake Manapouri on our way to Te Anau. The drive here was through some fantastic scenery with snow capped Mountains in the distance.
We really liked this lake and town, it was quite quiet and the lake with the surrounding Cathedral Mountains was very pretty.
This is where the cruises to Doubtful Sound leave from. A day excursion takes you across Lake Manapouri to West Arm, and then you travel by coach over Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound to board the catamaran for a three-hour cruise through the fjord.
Lake Manapouri is located only twenty minutes from Te Anau, and is worth the drive to here.
Located on the SOUTHERN SCENIC ROUTE
Gateway to the Southern Fiords
The little town of Te Anau is located on the shore of one of New Zealand's nicest lakes - Lake Te Anau. It is the gateway to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound and is also a good base point for some stunning walking tracks including Milford & Kepler.