Milford Sound

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Milford Sound

Of all the days to stay out the night before, this was probably the worst day as we would be on the road for about 13 hours. To get to Milford Sound you have to drive all the way to the peninsular and up again because there is no direct road between Queenstown and Milford. I slept the first 4 hours, missing sadly some spectacular scenery but as the weather had turned to grey, foggy and rainy I was happy to be curled up in a heap under a coat instead of peering out of steamy windows at the equally misty mountains beyond. We hopped on a ferry and sailed for about 2 hours round the Sounds, mavelling at the steep, rocky inclines populated by ambitious and brave trees and foliage.

Waterfalls
Still the weather was quite cold but it was atmospheric and brooding, the mist lingering at the peaks of the cliffs. We sailed the boat under a waterfall, some crazy people insisting on standing outside and then desperately pressing themselves against the door in their raincoats, trying to protect themselves from the shower. They thought Barry had locked them out when in fact he'd only pushed the door to to stop the water coming in! They came in soaked. We also stopped off to admire some cute, tiny penguins as they hopped across the rocks, frequently slithering over or falling off comically. And the dolphins came out to give us a show too, arcing out of the water right beside the boat!

Back on the bus we drove for several hours to Tuatapere, a tiny little place renowned for being the Sausage Capital of New Zealand. We had a sausage dinner, which sadly had not been cooked with local sausages but with shop bought sausages, but they were still better than many I have had in Australia and New Zealand. Australasia does NOT do sausages well on the whole. We spent the evening drinking (who'd have thought it?) and giving Lukas his second hair cut in as many days, tidying it up and cutting it shorter before crashing out about 1ish.

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Milford Sound
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Milford Sound
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