Milford Sound Travel Blog› entry 19 of 33 › view all entries
January 21st, 2008 – by: jamesandcecilia
Once at Milford, we arrived just in time to catch the 11:30 cruise, which took us to the far end of the fiord and out into open sea, past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak, 1700m. It was amazing to think that it was a mile high as it does not look anything close to that. This was because of the dwarfing effect caused by the vastness of everything around us.
On our way back towards Milford, we stopped to see a group of New Zealand Sea Lions dozing on a rock, catching a few rays. We also stopped at the Underwater Observatory, where you are able to witness the unique conditions that exists in the fiord due to the amount of rain water that flows into it. It creates a near deep water environment, so we were able to see corals, which are normally found at 40m depth.
In the afternoon we headed back towards Te Anau, stopping at the Chasm, which is a beautiful canyon carved into the rock over probably thousands of years. The water was a beautiful, clear, turquoisy green. Once we were back in Te Anau, we stopped at a campsite with views over the lake for the night.
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