The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of this beautiful lake, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains.
Tourism and farming are the predominant economic activities in the area. Lying as it does at the borders of Fiordland National Park, it is the gateway to a wilderness area famed for tramping and spectacular scenery. Many species of bird life are also found locally, notably the endangered Takahe which can be found at the Fiordland Wildlife Park.
Guided tours depart from Te Anau daily to visit the fiords or to explore other features within the National Park. The international reputation as the “walking capital of the world” is well earned, with Te Anau being the departure point for many excellent walking tracks. Te Anau is the last town passed through when travelling to Milford Sound, which lies 120 kilometers to the north.
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