Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
ABOVE: Towering peaks in South West Arm. RIGHT: Sunset at an anchorage alongside Erin Island in Middle Fiord. MAIN PHOTO: Stern-tied at anchorage in Safe Cove. About Lake Te Anau • Lake Te Anau is the South Island’s largest lake with depths of more than 400 metres. By freshwater volume it is the largest lake in Australasia, 66 kilometres long and covers 344km2 . • The weather can change at any time so be prepared for anything. • Take an anchor and long stern line, insect repellent, jacket, warm clothes, spare fuel and personal locator beacon if venturing deep into the lake arms and fiords. Tell someone where you are going. • Bring your rubbish home with you and dispose of toilet waste properly. • Open fires are not permitted in Fiordland National Park. • Keep gear and equipment clean to reduce the spread of didymo. Island and the small island to the west. Keep to the east of centre. North Fiord is 16 kilometres long and can become a wind funnel with choppy swell. It is scenic going through the Narrows; there is shelter here and at Glaisnock Hut at the head of the fiord. This is best accessed from Boat Harbour ramp. Worsley Arm is two kilometres long. There is a good anchorage providing shelter at the shore in front of the Worsley Hut but you will experience the feeding frenzy of the sandflies. They can be so thick it feels as if it’s raining sandflies. The Clinton River and area accessing the start of the Milford Track provide little or no shelter and is not recommended as a stop-off. The Te Anau Glow Worm Caves are well worth a visit before returning home. This 15,000-year- old living cave network is still under formation, lit by small bioluminescent insects. The Te Anau visitors’ centre has information on the caves. 62 Boating New Zealand April 2014 FEATURE_Te Anau_April14.indd 62 19/03/2014 11:48:38 a.m.
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