Early start 8.15 for the bus tour to Milford Sound. Only 11 people on board, friendly driver guides us through the approach to Milford. Stop on a number of places, Mirror Lake reflects the mountains in the still water, Kaka Falls the amazing Homer Tunnel. Stunning field of yellow grass with mountain peaks behind,drive over the mountain and through the long narrow Homer Tunnel downwards, to emerge in a bowl of surrounding mountains with hanging waterfalls. Board the cruise ship for Milford Sound, first everyone stuffs themselves on the buffet,a 2 hour cruise along the fiord to the open Tasman sea, turn around, back along the opposite shoreline. Captain moves the front of the ship under the Stirling Falls, everyone covered in water spray. Stop at the underwater observatory, stairs down ten meters to view the lake sea life. Top level of Sound water is fresh water, underneath this is salt water, a unique location to see plant life that normally requires a 100m dive.
Neck ache from looking up all the time, stunning landscapes, nonstop photography. Back in Te Anau, an evening walk to the bird sanctuary on the lakeside to see rare NZ birds, then chill out at the campsite, pretty cool position and less stressed than Queenstown. 27.12.2013