The city of Te Anau is located by Lake Te Anau, the second largest lake in New Zealand; Mount Luxmore and the Murchison mountains form the backdrop of the city. Te Anau has a diverse terrain with snow-capped mountains, lakes and farmlands. It boasts of excellent walking tracks and has thus earned the title of the ‘walking capital of the world’.
The city can be visited all year round as it enjoys a temperate climate. The average summer temperature is around 21°C and the average winter temperature is around 13°C. Although there is very little rainfall in winter, summer is a better time to visit this region.
Te Anau was originally inhabited by the Maori people around one thousand years ago; it became a British colony in 1840. The Maori people still form a major part of its scarce population of 4,000 residents.
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