Te Anau Quintin MacKinnon Statue 1888 Founded Milford Track

Statue of Quintin MacKinnon who co-founded Milford Track in 1888

Perched in a grassy park lapping the shores of Lake Te Anau is a fine statue of intrepid Scottish explorer and guide, Quintin MacKinnon who co-founded the world-famous Milford Trackand opened up a pathway across the South Island of New Zealand. MacKinnon owned the rights to the mail run between Te Anau and Milford for some years before he sadly drowned in the lake his statue sits on only a few years later.

A giant takahe statue in the centre of Te Anau

A giant takahe statue in the centre of Te Anau

However a more photographed statue in Te Anau sits in the centre of town highlighting the efforts to preserve the highly endangered takahe. Painted with the iconic All Blacks jumper highlighting the country’s obsession with rugby, the bird has become symbolic for New Zealand’s efforts to preserve their unique birdlife. In late 2011, Te Anau’s Wildlife Centre (well worth a stroll to see a variety of endangered native birds – entry by donation) recently celebrated the birth of a takahe – a valuable addition to a population which numbers under 250.

Te Anau is a great launching pad for a superb drive to Milford and a boat trip on Milford Sound. An excellent tour to nearby caves features underground waterfalls and dazzling glowworms and includes a trip across Lake Te Anau. Lake Te Anau offers pleasant walking highlighted by an excellent Wildlife Centre with a wide variety of New Zealand native birds.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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