Milford Sound the highlight

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Stayed 3 nights in beautiful Queenstown, which reminds me of Canmore. Highlight was the 12 hour trip to MIlford Sound (5 hours each way on the bus, then 2 hour cruise).   Milford Sound was as beautiful as one hears about, with towering mountains on three sides. Write up from Magic Bus website:  MAGIC MILFORD DISCOVERY. Travel alongside Lake Wakatipu and Te Anau, through Fiordland National Park, passing some incredible scenery and landscape. The road itself is a highlight of the journey! Arrive in Milford Sound and take a cruise through the Fiords, where you can see glacier valleys, river valleys with thunderous waterfalls and you might spot some endangered wildlife. (Boat got close to shore to see Penquins, but I couldn't see them - too many people in front of me). 
Also went up on the Gondola for a bird's eye view of Queenstown and from the top went on the 'luge' which is on snow in Canada but on kind of pavement there.  Many people from my Magic Bus went skiing or snowboarding, which drives the economy of Queenstown. Stayed in Queenstown for 3 nights, a real treat compared to the one stop, one night past 8 days!
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