Milford Sound

As I have said in my earlier post today, I’m going to start filling you in on my New Zealand trip. So here it goes!

Milford Sound is a lovely fjord on the south west coast of the south island of New Zealand. Trish and I decided to go on a little bus trip down there to check it out the beauty. Plus the photos we’ve seen pretty much forced us go! The drive took about 3 hours from Queenstown. On the way there we stopped off at a few photo opportunities. We also had a coffee in Te Anau, a nice little town on the way and home to the largest lake in the south island, Lake Te Anau.

Amazing views at Milford Sound
Amazing views at Milford Sound

We were very lucky with the weather too. It was raining on the journey down but then it turned nice and sunny by the time we got  there. Plus the roads were clear, if we decided to go a few months earlier we would have been disappointed due to road  closures. Some fiends of ours previously couldn’t go due to avalanches and snow covering the roads.

When we arrived we waited to board our boat for the cruise, had a packed lunch and tried to dodge the sandflies. We were greeted with a voucher for a free muffin upon boarding and were given some welcoming words from the Captain slash cruise narrator. He pointed out all the geographic features along the way up the fjord. Our cruise brought us right to the waters of the open Tasman Sea and back again.

Me posing with my favourite fjord
Me posing with my favourite fjord

The landscape is stunning and you certainly get overwhelmed by the beauty of it. On the way back we spotted a few seals taking a rest in the sun and got very close to one of the waterfalls! So close that we needed to zip up fully and put out hoods up as we were right under it!

Fun fact: One of the waterfalls here was the one Wolverine jumped off wearing his birthday suit in his X-Men Origins flick. Also some of the explosives used in the film were stored in Queenstown’s ice rink! CrAzY!

Me at the bottom of the waterfall at the front of the boat! SOAKED!
Me at the bottom of the waterfall at the front of the boat! SOAKED!

Have a look at some of our snaps