Te Anau to Milford Sound
Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
58Trip End Mar 18, 2013
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This morning, after filling our gas tank and getting our "flat white" coffee to go with a date scone, we went on the Te Anau glow worm tour. Took a nice 9 am cruise for 30 minutes across the lake. Sunny day again. We entered a cave that was found by the Maori’s but was lost until 1948 when a guy that sailed around the lake found it based on Maori lore. This cave was formed from limestone and sandstone. Te Anau-Au means “cave filled with swirling water”. And it really is. We had to crouch down to enter the cave, out of which flows a pretty strong current of water. Inside the cave it’s about 15-20 ft in diameter, but often less, and at one point was about 75 ft in heightwww.realjourneys.co.nz
Afterwards we drove 3 hrs north to Milford where we took the cruise out into the Sound for 2 hrs. The mountains here drop right into the sea. It’s hard to find words to describe the sheer beauty of this area. This is why this World Heritage Site is called the Fiordlands
Afterwards we stopped at the only hotel/bar and talked with a British couple who live in Sydney. We talked for quite a while about the Routeburn Trek hike they took today, and just like last night, compared notes on their travels and ours. This is our life now.
And then we cooked our NZ salmon, broccoli, and potatoes in our camper, with a little NZ Marlborough Sound chardonnay. Tasty! NZ is known for its sandflies. Nasty little fly’s so we spent the evening enjoying the valley view of 5-6,000 foot mountains peaks in our typical NZ campground. This camping experience is one that is special to Europe and down under I believe. It’s just refreshing to see people sharing their stories around common things like food, lounges, showers, and bathrooms. Yup!
And we made another change to our plans. Rather than go kayaking on the Milford Sound, we’re going to go back and hike 2-3 hrs on some of the Routeburn Track, drive to Lake Manapouri.