Day 10 & 11 Te Anau & Milford Sound
Trip Start Dec 28, 2010
7Trip End Jan 12, 2011
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Where do I begin! The views were beyond belief! Every bend had majestic mountains, clear streams and blue lakes. This was the best day in terms of visual impact. The road into Milford Sound was fairly quiet in early am and after a few stops at viewing lookouts we arrived in time for a cuppa and a nibble. The weather was quite warm and the sky an azure blue. Off on the cruise to all the key spots on the Sound- a few waterfalls flowing, sheer cliffs rising from the blue water and seals in coves . When we approached one waterfall the captain mentioned that unless you want to get wet from the waterfall it was best to go inside. I thought, along with a few others, that it would be just a spray but he went in so close that I was drenched- good fun just the same!
The water in the sound is 300 feet deep and the top layer of 3- 5 metres is fresh water as it is less dense. The fresh water is full of forest resins and so at a depth of 10 m the water colour is equivalent to 70m in open sea. This makes it a popular dive site as you don't need to go so deep to see the wonders of black coral and other creatures usually found much deeper in the ocean
We then had a long trek back to Te Anau for a short break and then another couple of hundred kms to Queenstown. Just in case we hadn't had our fill of scenery we had more lakes and mountain views en route. Staying at a B&B just out of Queenstown away from the hustle and bustle. This evening we went into an old gold mining town of Arrowtown for a river walk and then Thai. Quaint village and not many tourist! Apparently during the day it is very crowded.
Walked around the property at 9.30 last night - well kept grounds with tennis courts, spa and some sheep. Very balmy night and no rain for a couple of days now.
Even though some days we drive many kms the time goes quickly thanks to magnificent scenery, a few stops and our collection of podcasts and music. Thanks TB for audio jack idea and the 'notebook' (small computer dad) has been invaluable.
Today is the adrenalin day- jet boat and white water rafting! Followed by another gondola ride to check out the Queenstown vista and of course a picnic by the famous Lake after we visit the Multicultural Market for some delicacies.