Milford Sound

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Saturday, November 27, 2010


Day : 197
Temperature : 23 degrees
Weather : Cloudy

I have a problem. I seem to be using the words "stunning, spectacular, beautiful, impressive, magnificent and breathtaking" way too often. I am running out of adjectives and I am concerned that my seeming overuse of these words may diminish the impact of the scene that they are describing, as you guys get immune to their use.  The thing is, around every bend on the road, and around every corner that we walk, we are faced something even more amazing than before. So believe me, I am not over-exaggerating….it really is like this…….

The highway to Milford Sound passed through some stunning countryside. As we drove through the Te Anau Downs we passed miles and miles of bright yellow gorse and fields of wild lupins. Next came the green hills, turquoise rivers, more vast areas blanketed in purple and pink lupins, and then the rugged snow capped peaks of the mountains. As we climbed higher we reached the one kilometre pitch black Homer Tunnel. I'm going to quote the LP here because I cannot think of any words which could describe the scene any better. “The road climbs to the Homer Tunnel, 101km from Te Anau and is framed by a spectacular, high walled, ice carved amphitheatre......Dark, magnificently rough-hewn and dripping with water, the 1207m long tunnel emerges at the other end at the head of the spectacular Cleddau Valley.” Add in brilliant sunshine, bright blue skies, dazzling white patches of snow and the sound of the rivers in the distance…you get the idea.

We arrived early at Milford, to get there before the dozens of tourist coaches. One lady who we’d met at a petrol station informed us that the record is 130 coaches at Milford Sound in one day! Thankfully, when we arrived, there were a couple of other campervans and the odd car. The cloud was hanging really low in the skies, the water was so flat it looked like a mirror. The only sounds were the bizarre, alien calls from some unknown creatures in the bushes.  It was very atmospheric. We stayed there for several hours walking around, taking it all in.  Gradually the clouds lifted and the sun broke through. As the crowds began to arrive, we headed back up the road, stopping to take the occasional photo and talk to the odd curious Kea…see the photos.
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