Host of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able

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away. All you have to do is make a book­ing and take the cruise to the drop off point at ’The Grotto’ then its a short walk and an­other boat ride on water from a nearby fresh water spring and you’re ready to ex­plore the 15,000 year-old cave lit by thou­sands of tiny bi­o­lu­mi­nes­cent in­sects.

And if you ar­rive in Te Anau be­fore De­cem­ber 30, then you have to at­tend the an­nual Te Anau Rodeo - one of the high­lights on the cal­en­dar where cow­boys and cow­girls from all over New Zealand as well as over­seas com­pete in a ’white hot at­mos­phere.’

Vis­i­tors to Te Anau are well catered for when it comes to find­ing some­where to bed down at night with a host of fine ho­tels, mo­tels, bed and break­fast fa­cil­i­ties, back­pack­ers and camp­ing ground all lo­cated in, or near, the cen­ter of town. Sim­ply stun­ning, Mil­ford Sound is one of the world’s most nat­u­ral won­ders.

With lux­u­ri­ous rain for­est cling­ing to sheer rock faces and wa­ter­falls tum­bling hundreds of me­tres to the sea be­low, nowhere in Fiord­land do the moun­tains stand as tall, straight out of the sea.

Mitre Peak, a re­mark­able pres­ence in it­self, stands in the fore­ground, dom­i­nat­ing the sky­line.

In this part of the world, the best way to re­ally take plea­sure in the mag­nif­i­cent scenery is by boat and Real Jour­neys scenic cruises of­fer you the chance to en­joy it in style.

They have avail­able a range of day­time scenic, na­ture and small boat cruises and three overnight cruises.

No mat­ter what cruise you choose, through­out the jour­ney ex­pe­ri­enced guides pro­vide an in­for­ma­tive commentary de­tail­ing the mag­nif­i­cent scenery and wildlife in this part of the coun­try, with op­por­tu­ni­ties to see some ex­am­ples on the way.

Mil­ford Sound is also home to New Zealand’s only fully float­ing ob­ser­va­tory where fish can be ob­served in their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

More re­al­is­tic than an aquar­ium, Mil­ford Deep Un­der­wa­ter Ob­ser­va­tory al­lows you to be at one with the crea­tures of the deep, with­out get­ting wet!

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