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... which turned into limestone rock). Yet more plate crushing forced them back up again and finally ice age glaciers (five in the case of Milford Sound) carved out the big crevices (they are fiords or fjords, despite being called Sounds). Wow busy time.
As you can probably guess our mate Captain Cook was the first European to visit Fiordland in 1773, but he sailed past Milford Sound twice as its entrance is at right angles to the coast. But his maps and descriptions ...
... the weather was still ropey). So we headed there. We even bought goggles as the reception lady didn't think it was appropriate to loan us a pair out of lost property (times or countries have changed - I borrowed many a swim cozzy/goggles/hat in my time, even headphones at the gym). We needed goggles as we were taking this session very seriously. At my last triathlon, David vowed to do a sprint one next year (yes Vicky Salmon, the pact is ...
... sightseeing until tomorrow and headed out of town looking for freedom camps. The trusty CamperMate app led us to Lignite Pit Scenic Stop (a not-to-glamorous name for a truly lovely spot), where David and Maria had turned an old lignite (coal) mine into a beautiful garden area, similar (on a much smaller scale!) to Butchart Garden's quarry. It was $7 ea to camp, so we settled in on the edge of ...
... big too, the biggest I've seen. I dashed into the car park and got talking to Jim who was doing some weeding. Unbeknown to me he owned the big house behind me, and later on after following the dolphins for half hour or so I went to have coffee and cookies whilst looking at his vintage car he rebuilt. It's a Ford Mercury V8 (apparently!) from the 1930's which his father had owned and lovingly put back together over the last two years. There were ...
... Eyed Penguins land and waddle up to their nests, after collecting Jo we returned and spent several hours waiting and watching the Penguins and Fur Seals. A lovely Fish and Chip supper helped us keep out the cold as the evenings really dip in temperature not that it,s that warm during the day.
We then travelled via Moreaki to see the famous Boulders which were unusual to find 3 ton circular stones on a beach a bit like Stone Henge how do ...