Visited April 2012
Day 6: Te Anau & Milford Sound
A trip to Queenstown is not complete without visiting Milford Sound. Although my family had visited it once during our first tour 10 years ago, for the sake of the Boy, we decided to head to Milford Sound again. Besides, Doubtful Sound was a little too difficult to get to, and I was hoping that the weather will not be as gloomy as we had the first time round.
With a scenic tour bus from Jucy Cruize, we travelled westward towards Te Anau, leaving behind civilization and embracing more of Mother Nature. In fact, once you get further up north from Te Anau, one will lose all network coverage.
Our first stop was Mirror Lake, where we got to enjoy a lovely reflection of the Earl Mountains. Other usual stops include Eglinton Valley and Monkey Creek. Lastly, just before reaching Milford Sound was The Chasm, a series of waterfall in the Cleddau River. Following the path, we quickly came across a bridge while admiring the strength and beauty of the waterfall. It was there that we got lucky in spotting the elusive kea! Our first close encounter with it was 10 years ago, in which it was a cheeky little critter.
A small lunchbox was provided on board our tiny little boat. And although it was small compared to the other tour boats, it was decent and clean.
Bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest, Milford Sound is a fjord within the Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. The highest point is Mitre Peak, rising 1,692m from the water surface. Filled with majestic scenery and a peaceful atmosphere, we enjoyed the many photo-taking opportunities whilst not forgetting to just sit back and enjoy the breeze in our hair. And although we did not have the luck to spot any dolphins, we were fortunate enough however to catch sights of lazing seals.
The weather, as fate would have it, was as gloomy as my first trip here. Nonetheless, to experience it together with my Boy, and to come back a more experienced hobbyist photographer, I believe it was still a fruitful trip.
Next up: Doubtful Sound.