Diane Ross
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Day 3 - Te Anau

Today was mostly spent driving from here to there (Dunedin to Te Anau).  It rained most of the day so it was a good day to spend getting from here to there.

I got into Te Anau a little after three and got the last room available in the hotel I am staying at.  I got a Kiwi Pass to pay for the hotels while I am here.  Basically you pay for your hotel ahead of time and you can go to any hotel that participates in the program.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  The trip was paid for ahead of time and I would have the freedom to travel around without making definite plans in advance.  I am no longer sure it was a good idea.  I think just finding a hotel where ever I felt like would be better than having to find a specific hotel (or one of two or three hotels) in the city I am in.  I also have to check and make sure there is a participating hotel in the city before deciding to stay there.

I will be staying here for the next three nights.  This area is known as fiordland.  When I arrive I arrange to go to Doubtful Sound tomorrow and Milford Sound the day after. 

Tonight I go to see the glow worms.  I wish I could show you pictures but photography is not permitted in the caves.  The caves are still being formed so they have running water.  The water is actually needed for the worms.  They feed on the insects that are hatched in the water.  You know it is strange.  I wouldn't pay to see the fairy penguins because photography was not allowed but I will pay to see glow worms and honestly I hate insects.  Glow worms are just very cool.  If you ever get the chance to see them you should take it.  Not taking pictures in the cave is torture.  There are beautiful waterfalls as the river runs through the cave.

To get to the cave we have to take a bout across Lake Te Anau.  If the scenery on the lake is any indication the next couple of days will be spectacular.