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“A pretty, tidy little town to stopover for the trek to Milford Sound”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Te Anau

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Brisbane, Australia
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142 reviews
249 helpful votes
“A pretty, tidy little town to stopover for the trek to Milford Sound”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2008

Twice visited. This is a stop over on a road trip around the south island if you intend on driving into Milford Sound. It is a big ask to do it in a day from Queenstown or Dunedin although it is possible by bus tour from Queenstown.
It is an appealing little town sitting on Lake Te Anau. It has a small shopping centre which one can walk around if you stay closeby in a motel or hotel on the lakefront. This is a quaint town. No high rises here. The booking office is across the road from the shops and there you can book the Milford Sound boat cruise or bus and boat cruise as well as the glow worm cave cruise. In October we had no problems getting on the boat for the sound for the next day. I have also been on the Glow worm caves catamaran cruise, where the cat takes you up the scenic lake Te Anau and then you go by foot and dinghies through the caves. We stayed in the same motel on the waterfront both times and I found it to be very tidy and sufficient for our two night stop over. It is about 110>120km in and out along the Milford Road to the sound. It is possible to drive yourself if conditions allow it. At times of the year the road could be closed. We took the bus first time and although I enjoyed it I was glad we drove the second time as we could stop and admire the scenery more often on the way in...We left earlier than the bus tours so that we had good photo opportunities and could stop more often. This shows the misty morning when we left early in town in one of the photos.

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Needahm, MA
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4 reviews
57 helpful votes
“Old but good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2006

After reading Trip Advisor I changed our reservations from the Te Anau Hotel to the Campbell's Motorlosge, but I'm sure that I should have....
This is an old but very clean hotel. The bathroom and kitchennette area have been updated, but the furniture is 1950's. The view is good and its a 5-6 minute walk to town. The people here were very nice and booked our cruise on Milford Sound, but it is very easy to do all your bookings in town. There are several places which do that. The town is a simple lake/ski type town, but the restaurants were good and some places open early for hikers and travelers alike.
The drive to Milford was not as bad as we thought it would be and definitly worth it! The cruise was spectacular....even in the rain!

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Canada
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28 reviews
135 helpful votes
“Have to see the Glow worm caves”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2004

The glow worm caves were amazing and a must see. Not good if you are afraid of the dark!! They take you on a nice boat ride and the experience is incredible as you have to take another boat to get into the caves and they have amazing underground waterfalls and caverns. Check it out!!!!

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