Te Anau took me by surprise . From what I had read its just a stopover before you head to Milford sound and that there isn't much there but I just loved it. Yes its only small but it has the prettiest lake and some really nice restaurants. We stayed 8 km's outside of Te Anau at a place called Sou'West cottages. The people who own can not do enough to help you so if you are ever looking for a spot to stay I would recommend this little gem.
This particular morning the rain clouds disappeared just before sunrise and I was rewarded for heading out on what I thought was going to go a gloomy morning. But the New Zealand weather is very unpredictable and can change in a heartbeat. :)
I don't have enough words to describe how amazing these boulders are. I felt some sort of connection to them, I can't explain it but I just wanted to touch them to feel their energy. Luckily for me my friend and I were the only ones on the beach - we didn't get the sunrise we were after but we still came away with lovely shots and great memories.