When visiting Te Anau, there are so many things to do, that it can be hard to fit them all in. Besides, with the breath-taking views from the town across the lake towards the majestic mountains, it can be hard to do anything except simply stop and stare. So, to make sure that you make the most of your time in Te Anau, here are the top things to see and do in Te Anau, New Zealand.
As the second largest lake in New Zealand, Lake Te Anau is incredibly tranquil, peaceful and full of life. Book on to a boat trip that will allow you to cruise the lake in style, keep a look out for some of the lakeside birds including the beautiful bellbird, named as such because of its bell-like song. As the lake stretches over 65 km, there is plenty to explore as you glide along the water.
Visit Fiordland National Park
Make sure to pack your camera and plenty of memory cards as Fiordland National Park offers exquisite views wherever you turn. To visit Fiordland National Park, you’ll need a full day to explore as much as you can. Be prepared to marvel at a whole host of different landscapes, from the impressive ice-capped fiords to the lakes carved from the ice. Don’t forget to stunning Murchison Mountains and rainforests too!
Glow Worm Caves
Enjoy an experience unlike any other as you board an underground boat ride to explore the constellations of glow worms deep inside the 200-metre long cave system. The cave system was once a myth of Maori legends. However, a startling rediscovery happened in 1948. Now, visitors can marvel at the sparkling colours of the glow worms and their luminescent larvae. The boat trip will also show you beautiful sights such as the sculpted rocks, whirlpools and waterfalls too.
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
For a chance to see beautiful rare birds, then head to Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. The centre is free and offers the opportunity to see some of the most unusual, impressive birds from the kaka, kea, parakeet and takahe. The Bird Sanctuary runs a breeding programme in a bid to increase bird populations in the wild. They also offer a rehabilitation programme for sick and injured birds. As a result, the sanctuary gives you an opportunity to have a close-up look at some of the rarely-glimpsed birds that New Zealand has to offer.