This ones for you Matt

Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 22, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The most common option for exploring the Milford Sound is by cruise boat, though there are a couple of less common alternatives - kayaks or helicopter. Unfortunately our budget didn't quite stretch to a helicopter so we went for our second best choice –kayak.

We arrived in the evening so booked our kayak tour for the following day and parked the campervan up for a night in the wild. It was a chilly night, made bearable with lots of thermal layers, two duvets, a hot water bottle and an incredible view of the stars…millions of them!

The following morning we arrived early to meet our kayaking guide, Rosco. Rosco was clearly passionate about his job and really loved the wildlife to, this really added to the day as he was clearly as excited as we were, when after only 20 minutes we were fortunate to encounter dolphins swimming around us, right under our boat. It was fantastic to see them so close, they seemed really inquisitive of us and spent a good 15 minutes swimming playfully around us, what a start to the day! We certainly new at this moment that we had chosen this right way to see the Sound, with the fjords and snow capped mountains towering above us, the wildlife right next to us and the sun shining, we new we were in a special place. Our next wildlife sighting was a greedy seal viciously attacking a huge octopus, it was jumping up and slapping it against the water, the poor octopus actually attached itself to one of our boats in a bid to get away but that wasn’t stopping the seal! Apparently this type of behaviour is quite unusual for a seal.

After 5 hours of paddling (hope you’re impressed Matt) we headed back to get warm and dry. We were surprised to hear off Roscoe that most people don’t run the kayak tours in winter due to the cold conditions, however apparently this is the best time for seeing the wildlife and the water is actually clearer. With the right thermal gear and the help of some poggies (loved them Matt) and a good paddling pace, we were easily warm enough!  

The rest if the evening consisted of fajitas under the stars for tea and a very early bed time…6.30pm!
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jackie on

Wow your kayaking experience was fantastic

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