We explored the town a bit after we rode the cable car back down. The fall colors are really pretty here. We will get to experience fall twice in 2017!
Back in the car, we drove for a bit before finding a place for a late lunch. Then we continued our southerly drive before heading west to Te Anau. The scenery was constantly changing, and while we no longer had the water views it was nevertheless quite something to see.
Our motel has a lovely view of the lake, which carries the same name as the town. After checking in, we walked to town and picked up some groceries as we will be here for three nights total. Today we are taking a tour bus to Milford Sound, where we will then get on a boat to cruise the fiords. This excursion is one of the highlights on our trip, and the weather forecast is not too good. They say it is spectacular even in the rain because of the waterfalls, so we are hoping for the best!