Mariner (No fishing)
Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
26Trip End Nov 16, 2008
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A short sprint from Queenstown to Te Anau and we picked up a tour to Milford Sound. The coach driver, Bin (Ben) gave us lots of information about stuff, Ellie got really irate with me for grumbling disagreement, corrections and pointing out grammatical flaws in his commentary. But really you can't get on with someone who describes an area as "a theatre for weather".
Just enough time after the activities to dry off and dress for dinner, and then the gorging began. We shared our table with the rarest of curiosities, a quiet american couple. We coaxed them into a little light conversation, in between mouthfuls and glasses of Marlborough SB. The sun set over the sound, one of the crew gave a slide show on the natural history of the sound, and everyone slid off to their cabins. Ellie and I were left at 10:20 as the only people still up, crew included, we played a few hands of cards and tied some nautical knots (such passes for entertainment on the high seas).
Up with the dawn as we weighed anchor at 7am and slid out of the fjord whilst having breakfast, to visit a seal colony entertain some dolphins and dip the nose of the boat (vessel) under another waterfall.
By 9.30 we were back on the coach and heading for Te Anau, picked up the car, had a pie, and drove the long and not very interesting drive to Dunedin. Coast to coast.
Where I stayed