Most visitors to New Zealand include a trip to Fiordland (to see Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound or to do one of the fabulous walks in the region) while they are in the South Island. Unfortunately many travel agents arrange for their clients to do this as a day trip from Queenstown. We always recommend that our clients stay in Te Anau or Manapouri if they are visiting Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound or wanting to experience Fiordland. This cuts down on the long driving time from Queenstown and gives them the added bonus of experiencing the warm Southern welcome given by local hosts in this area. If you are looking to go on a guided walk in the region, there are also several fabulous options departing from Te Anau.
There are also lots of other great things to do and see in the Te Anau area if you have time. Take a cruise across the pristine waters of Lake Te Anau, surrounded by the untouched beauty of the Fiordland National Park. There are primeval forests, picturesque islands, hidden coves and stunning mountain views waiting to be discovered.
Real Journeys offer tours of the glowworm caves, which begin with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on a scenic cruise vessel. Deep inside the caves, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms.
Southern Lakes Helicopters are based in Te Anau and offer stunning scenic flights in the region. Departing from the lakefront helipad, you fly over Lake Te Anau for a birds-eye view of glacial carved fiords and bush clad mountain tops. Just above the north end of Lake Te Anau you will make your first landing at a remote glacier. Once airborne again you will fly over the Milford Track before landing at stunning Lake Erskine with its pristine blue waters.
For visitors interested in scuba diving, there is also the option to dive in the Milford Sound / Piopiotahi marine reserve. Milford Sound is unique for diving as the fresh water layer on top of the salt water makes plant and animal life usually found very deep in the sea much closer to the surface here. Because of this, divers are able to find stunning and unusual wildlife only a few meters down, and spend more time exploring. Diving trips are available for experienced divers and also for first time divers.
If you would like any help planning activities in the area, please let us know!