Saturday, March 17, 2012

Milford Sound Cruise

"Puget Sound on Steroids!" is how one a couple from San Diego described the Milford Sound here in the Fjordlands of New Zealand. I would have to agree, but even that statement doesn't give it enough credit. It was spectacular. By the way, I am skipping our day in Dunedin and beautiful drive for time/mb sake. Turns out we are limited in internet use at most locations, hence few pictures as well. We woke up early in Te Anau and drove some of the most beautiful miles I have ever seen in my life up to Milford Sound. It is only about 70 miles, but it took us a little over 2 hours without any stops (we made those on the way back). Huge mountians, deep valleys, big rocks, tight turns, crazy steep tunnel, one lane sections with bridges, and all driving stick shift on the opposite side of the rode. It was awesome!!!
When we were driving back in the afternoon we stopped and took more pictures. Below is one of the views we had from the road. There were so many it is hard to choose which ones to share.
When we got out on the boat, the sights just kept getting better. The sun was shining and there were only a few clouds in the sky.
The mountains rose straight out of Milford Sound and up to a mile in the air. The sheer rock cliffs were amazing! The only wildlife we saw were some seals playing on the rocks and local birds. But everything was beautiful.
After driving out of the valley, we headed to Queenstown, (a post for another day).

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