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The Natural Beauty of Te Anau
The town of Te Anau is a delightful place to explore some gorgeous natural features and discover the local wildlife. It is described as the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Local activities include lake cruising, kayaking, hiking, and taking scenic flights over the area.
The region is home to a flightless bird called the takahē, currently on the endangered list, although the population is increasing. They have a curious appearance, with blue, green, and white feathers, and a powerful conical beak.
Te Anau Caves
This natural wonder is a system of limestone caves located on the shore of Lake Te Anau. They are renowned for their thousands of glowworms, which are best seen by taking a boat cruise through the caves.
The Kepler Track
For the more adventurous visitor, the Kepler Track measures 60km of hiking trails and typically takes four days to complete. There are convenient huts and campsites situated along the track for overnight stays.
Other exciting activities in the Te Anau region include taking an overnight cruise on Milford Sound, with the opportunity to spot native wildlife. Those who enjoy angling can fish for trout in the Waiau River, with its stunning clear waters. For more natural beauty, visitors can explore Lake Hankinson and hand-feed native eels before hiking through lush forests. An exciting way of seeing Te Anau is to take a helicopter flight over the area, taking in all the local sights.