Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
heavy rainfall. When boating around and into any river mouths, take it slowly in case of submerged trees. If the weather forecast is settled, stay for a night or two on board, in one of the huts at the head of the fiords, or go camping. Trolling for trout is popular at the lake outlet or off the eastern shore between Patience Bay and the township. The fiords and arms to the west are great options for exploring. South Arm is 22 kilometres long and gives access at the head to tracks and back-country huts in the Chester Burn and McKenzie Burn valleys. This arm is probably the most accessible because of its closeness to Te Anau township, but it has long distances between places to tie up. Middle Fiord is 20 kilometres long. Most of it is open to the prevailing westerly wind so it can get rough although it does offer some sheltered bays and islands. At Junction Burn Hut there is a track up to the Woodrow Burn, plus a short, scenic walk from Prospectors Bay to Lake Hankinson. It is best accessed from Boat Harbour boat ramp. Sheltered anchorages can be found at the south-west corner of Doubtful Island and on the southern bay of Erin Island, but watch out for the submerged rock just to the north of the narrow passage between Doubtful 60 Boating New Zealand April 2014 FEATURE_Te Anau_April14.indd 60 19/03/2014 11:47:17 a.m.
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