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