Te Anau is nearby the largest lake in New Zealand, and a gateway to romantic walks where hikers do whatever hikers do among the ferns and grassy knolls. Other visitors take their pick among 4,000 beds available at the height of summer. We are not sure why there are fewer in winter. Possibly they are repairing mattress springs and covers. We’ll draw a veil of silence over that.

Te Anau – meaning ‘rushing waters in a cave’ in the Maori language – has a thriving Asian population. This helps it go in the wight direction with cuisine for Chinese visitors. We take exception with parking being the wong way. 4x4’s do not look good in waterfalls and caves.