Te Anau, on the shores of the lake of the same name, is the springboard for trips to Milford Sound and walks in Fiordland National Park. There is not a great deal to do in town itself but those with time to spare can choose from a variety of lake cruises or perhaps indulge in a scenic flight on a floatplane.
About a ten minute walk from the Visitor Centre, in the direction of Manapouri, is the Te Anau Wildlife Centre. It is worth a look not only because it is free, but also because this is one of the few places where visitors can get a close-up look at the rare takahe. Other native birds to be seen here include kakas, keas, tuis and parakeets.