Rainbow appears in the late afternoon over Lake Te Anau, New Zealand's second biggest lake

Rainbow appears in the late afternoon over Lake Te Anau

The touristy town of Te Anau runs alongside the beautiful lake of the same name (New Zealand’s second largest lake). It is the starting point for the superb scenic drive to Milford, the trek along Milford Track and the boat cruise along Milford Sound.

The town is Maori for Swirling Water Cave which were only rediscovered in the late 1940s on the opposite side of the lake to the town and which feature a glittering roof of glowworms and raging torrents and whirlpools of water.



4 Responses to Rainbow at Lake Te Anau (New Zealand)

  • What a lucky catch of the rainbow – just gorgeous. Wish I;d known about the cave and glowworms when I was there! I’d much rather have done that than any of the crazy adventure sports activities in Queenstown.

    • Mark H says:

      Barbara, I found out a bit by luck as it doesn’t seem well marketed. I’ve never seen so much water pour through a cave and glowworms are so captivating.

  • Emma says:

    Fantastic photo. What a time – rainbows, glow worms and internal watefalls all in one afternoon. Very lucky..

    • Mark H says:

      When you put it like that, it does make Te Anau a rather cool place. I like the idea that they couldn’t find the cave that the Maoris named the town after until after World War 2.

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