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The gateway to the Fiordland National Park, Te Anau is a great base to explore this spectacular region. Nestled on the edge of the second largest lake in the South Island with a stunning backdrop of Mount Luxmore and the Murchinson mountains.

The most popular excursion here is a cruise on Milford Sound, Kipling’s Eighth Wonder of the World. With soaring granite cliffs, rain forest, tumbling waterfalls and – hopefully – dolphins and all manner of marine life, this is highlight of any visit to New Zealand.

The waters elsewhere are also attractive, though less of a headline attraction: Lake Te Anau or the smaller Lake Manapouri have their own appeal. Enjoy a guided walk on the Kepler, Milford or Routeburn Tracks, which are amongst New Zealand’s Nine Great Walks. Always popular are the amazing 12,000 year old glow worm caves, illuminated purely by these incredible creatures.