New Zealand - Milford sound

Sunday, February 7, 2010

One word - Wow...

We drove from Te Anau to Milford sound yesterday morning. We woke up and it was so foggy, cloudy, rainy, you name it. On the drive there it pretty much cleared up to be a beautiful sunny day. Excellent. 

The drive there was spectacular. It pretty quickly turned from farm land and shrubs (which has covered every other square inch of land in NZ we have seen so far) into massive mountains.
The shrubs are replaced by massive old mossy trees. It kind of reminds me of harry Potter or Jurassic park. But the drive was about 2 hours from Te Anau.

When we got there I ran around taking photos but the light was pretty horrid shining right in my eyes. And is was really really windy. We booked a cruise called the 'encounter cruise' and went on that. It was a 2hr 15m cruise all the way to the end of the fiord and back.


On the way back they pulled the ferry right under this waterfall about 5-10m from the cliff. We all got sprayed with a bit of water. 

Anyway, we stayed at a place just down the road over looking mountains and a river with ridiculously clear water.

 Caitlan stayed in the van and read a book while I walked back down to the Milford sound to catch the sunset which was a 15 minute walk.

The wind dropped off and the sun went away to my left and I captured the Photo at the top...

I then did the 15 minute walk back through though the old mossy forest in the dark which was pretty creepy but there were glow worms everywhere and it kind of looked like avatar's forest.

In the morning the clouds were back out but we headed down to the sound again for one more look and there was no wind whatsoever. Caitlan stayed in the car while I ran around taking photos missing the great view...

On the way back we stopped at a place called the 'Chasm' so we had to check it out. It was a place where a creek had over millions of years churned away all the soft rock leaving the hard rock in these crazy formations and caves and waterfalls. It was a 5 minute walk but was awesome. The photos dont do it justice but in that black hole down the bottom of the photo is a 30m waterfall.

We have since headed back to Lake Te Anau and it has been our first full day of cloud, So I have been editing photos and hanging around. 

Next up is Queenstown and some white water rafting tomorrow  which Caitlan and myslef are looking forward to.


Anonymous | 07 February, 2010

Cool Dunc - Lily and Dad

Anonymous | 09 February, 2010

hey man, its callum, ed says that swell net has changed their website and he isn't able to log in or work out how to post anything. He's hoping you could help? email me or ed if you can figure anything out or if you can't figure anything out

Anonymous | 09 February, 2010

oh, and mad photos by the way (Y)

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