Te Anau, Fiordland

Te Anau is known as the gateway to Fiordland and visitors to the area never fail to be impressed by the majestic Fiordland mountains standing guard on the western shoreline of Lake Te Anau. It's not difficult to see why Fiordland National Park has attained World Heritage status and has been voted as the top destination in the world in a recent survey. Most of you won't be keen to do the Kepler Track too soon after the event(!) but there are lots of other options for walks in the area. The Circle Track is an attractive day walk from Manapouri's Pearl Harbour and this track also accesses Mt Titiroa to the south of Te Anau and Manapouri. The Milford Track departure point is from Te Anau Downs, about 20 minutes from Te Anau on the Milford Road and the Routeburn Track is accessed from the Divide, just over an hour from Te Anau on the Milford Road. The Milford Road, described as a destination in itself, provides endless opportunities for short walks or longer ones such as the Gertrude Valley, near the Homer Tunnel. The towering walls of the Cleddau Valley and Milford Sound are a treat for the senses and a cruise around this magnificent fiord is never a disappointment no matter what the weather.

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