Milford Sound

Milford Sound is the only thing I’m repeating this time around.  I’ve managed to find new things to do in each place I’ve visited with Janetta that I went to with my mom, but Milford Sound is so beautiful I had no problems going there again.

We stopped at Mirror Lake, and it was still glorious.

We stopped at this stream last time but it was pouring rain and there were kea birds around that were more interesting at the time.  So it was nice to get to actually enjoy the view this time.

And then we made it to Milford Sound itself.  Last time I spent the full 2 hour cruise taking pictures, so it was nice to just sit and relax and enjoy the view, knowing that I’d seen it already.  Last time it was pouring rain, whereas today it was beautiful and sunny, so the experiences were quite different. Last time there were waterfalls everywhere, but this time more seals were out and I wasn’t freezing cold.  Pros and cons to each.

We rejigged our plans, so we’re moving on to Dunedin tomorrow. We have three spots left, with 2 days in each.  Hard to believe I only have one more week in New Zealand!

Milford Sound

We had an early start today, as we took on the 4 hour journey to Milford Sound.  Mom and I are early risers, so we joined the company that left first (Kiwi Discovery), which meant we got picked up from our hotel at 6:20am.

It’s a four hour drive each way, from Queenstown to Milford Sound, but very much worth the journey.  We had a few stops on the way, which provided some very lovely views.

First stop was Mirror Lake.  If it wasn’t cloudy out, you’d see a reflection of the mountains in the lake, but it was still lovely to see even in cloudy weather.

We also stopped by this lovely river, which you can actually drink fun, but it was more fun to hang out with kia birds, New Zealand’s alpine parrot.

And then we finally made it!  Milford Sound is actually a fiord (a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs typically formed by submergence of a glaciated valley), not a sound (a large sea or ocean inlet larger than a bay, deeper than a bight, and wider than a fjord; or a narrow sea or ocean channel between two bodies of land).  But once it was discovered that it was misnamed, Milford Sound had already stuck.

There are 4 permanent waterfalls, but it had just rained, so we got to see so many more than usual.  It would definitely be lovely to see in the sun, but going on a rainy day actually makes it such a grander experience. We were on the water for 2 hours, and even though it was freezing, we stayed out on the dock the entire time in order to get the best views.

We drove straight back to Queenstown on the return journey, as people were trying to catch a flight, but we did see a rainbow, so that was a lovely way to end the drive.