Milford Sound

Milford Sound Travel Blog

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Some lucky punter enjoying the view from above
After leaving Queenstown in the evening, we made our way towards Milford Sound. We got as far as Te Anau before we were too tired to carry on and parked up in a little picnic area for the night. In the morning we drove the remaining two hours to Milford Sound, taking us past some amazing scenery and through the very steep Homer tunnel.

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.
Bottlenose Dolphins
As we reached the sea we were lucky enough to be joined by a pod of Bottlenose dolphins who decided to surf the bow wave.

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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Some lucky punter enjoying the vie…
Some lucky punter enjoying the vi…
Bottlenose Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphins
Sea Lions dozing in the sun
Sea Lions dozing in the sun
Hard to believe that this waterfal…
Hard to believe that this waterfa…
In front of the Bowen Falls
In front of the Bowen Falls
Black Coral (even though its white…
Black Coral (even though its whit…
The Chasm
The Chasm
Milford Sound
photo by: genetravelling