On the way to Milford Sound
On the way to Milford Sound

Milford Sound

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

Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake
Roadside Luppins
Roadside Luppins
Luppins
Luppins
The mountains along the Milford Road
The mountains along the Milford Road
Approach to the Homer Tunnel
Approach to the Homer Tunnel
Approach to the Homer Tunnel
Approach to the Homer Tunnel
Highway to Milford Sound
Highway to Milford Sound
Looking back on Milford Sound
Looking back on Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound

On the Sound
On the Sound
Stirling Falls
Stirling Falls
Cruising
Cruising

 

One thought on “Milford Sound

  1. Have wanted to go there. Had ancestors who were first European settlers in N Island. It looks transcendently awe inspiring.
    Liked your Tasmanian photos too. We didn’t reach Port Arthur as it was such a clear day that we went up Mt Wellington and Mt Nelson instead. Got as far as the coast looking onto Maria Island and that was like Paradise.
    We will have to return to see Wineglass Bay.
    Thanks for following my posts.
    L

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