Wonderful day-hiking? Try Te Anau.

We chose five base towns in New Zealand for our 20-day hiking trip with our cousins.  The requirements: great hiking nearby and an affordable place to stay, restaurants and other town amenities were added bonuses.   The last place chosen, Te Anau, turned out to be a funky, arty kind of place that we very much liked.  Who knew?

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We took a stroll by Lake Te Anau and spotted this glorious takahe as we approached the center of town.

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Beth’s cousins, Susie and Tom, couldn’t resist a rest and photo op with “locals” having a glass of wine.

Te Anau borders Fiordland National Park, the largest national park in New Zealand.  Hiking paths are plentiful and scenery is spectacular.  One day we drove north along the road toward Milford Sound.  We detoured off to hike the last leg of the Routeburn Track up to Key Summit.  The gradual climb finally led to the reward of a 360-degree view of snow capped peaks.

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We continued with a circuit walk in an alpine garden.

We’d never seen such brilliant colored growth as the wetlands on top of the mountain.

We’d never seen such brilliant colored growth as the wetlands on top of the mountain.

We declared the walk one of the best of our trip.

Back to Te Anau to our little room at the Aden Motel, an old fashioned and very sweet little place.  Our cousin, Tom, knocked on our room door, “If you hurry you can still get a crepe at La Roulotte before they close.”  We dashed the one block over to the little trailer and placed an order for two savory dinner crepes.

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Te Anau turned out to be everything we were looking for – and more.

January 2014

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3 Responses to Wonderful day-hiking? Try Te Anau.

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  3. crosbyman66 says:

    I also enjoyed a few days in Te Anau a few years ago. Wonderful scenery.

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