If you’re thinking of tramping (that’s NZ speak for hiking) the Milford or the Routeburn track then consider flying into Queenstown, taking the bus to Lake Te Anau and getting picked up in Te Anau instead of Queenstown. It’s about 2 1/2 hrs away but you get to sleep in and enjoy the wonderful views! Here’s the timetable. If your lucky there may even be some snow on the mountain tops, even in summer. Te Anau Top 10 Holiday park is one of the best anywhere and has all kinds of accommodation and activities. Tours for Milford Sound all start or pass through Lake Te Anau too. Enjoy a meal at the pub around the corner, followed by a twilight stroll along the foreshore with your camera at the ready for some spectacular views. What a magnificent way to start your adventure!
Even the roses love this place!