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The daisies were still sleeping.

The one thing I was not going to miss on my trip to Queenstown was a visit out to Milford Sound. I would have walked if I had to, although thankfully that wasn’t necessary. I had a very comfortable and enjoyable day.
 

My day started early again today. One good thing was the tour company provided a hotel pickup. While waiting for my pickup I took some more photos of the hotel garden and the glorious dawn.

The tour bus was fantastic. It is the best coach I have ever travelled on. Initially I was a bit sceptical about going on such a large tour bus as I like the smaller more personalised tours, and this one wasn’t at all personalised, however the guide was friendly and informative, the whole day ran smoothly and the bus made up for it.

The stunning view from my bus window.
The bus was wedge shaped, with the front narrower and lower than the back to give the windows a bit of an angle and the passengers a better view. The roof of the bus was mostly glass panels so you felt as if the breathtaking scenery was enveloping you. I took an excessive amount of photos today, and many of them from the bus window as the scenery was stunning the whole way; trust me, I have spared you most of them, even though your eyeballs will be bleeding by the time you get to the end of today’s many photos.

We stopped for morning tea at Te Anau, where I wandered along the beach on the shores of Lake Te Anau enjoying the peace and tranquillity and of course, the magnificent view. There wasn’t much time to explore, so I didn’t have the opportunity to take my time with my photos.

Milford Sound
This was a bit of a theme during my time in New Zealand, I did feel a bit rushed most places I went, however, you could close your eyes, spin around three times and snap off a shot and it would still be sublime.

On the way to Milford Sound, we made a few stops at pretty places along the way. Among them, Mirror Lakes, The Chasm, and a babbling stream where we filled our water bottles with the deliciously refreshing water that had come tumbling down from the top of the Southern Alps.

Our cruise boat was one of the largest in the sound, which again didn’t help to personalise things. In fact, as I was travelling on my own, there was no mingling on the bus and once we were on the boat, everyone headed off to grab lunch; I was starting to feel a little neglected. That was until another passenger travelling alone came to join me for lunch and ended up being a fantastic travelling companion.

Flying over the beautiful crystal clear waters of alpine lakes
Fil from Canada and I made fast friends and spent a wonderful afternoon together soaking up the striking view and finding out all about each other.

The cruise was wonderful, Milford Sound is so stunning, and Fil and I went a little overboard (no pun intended) with the photos. After the cruise, Fil and I went our separate ways after swapping email addresses. I was off to my scenic flight back to Queenstown.

There are only so many descriptive words to use to describe the view and I think I have used them all, if not then it was only because I was holding back. However, the flight home was dazzling, and I sat there in my seat at the front of the plane next to the pilot snapping away on my camera.

I had a wonderful day, even though the tour was all a bit big and impersonal, it was very well organised. I’m glad I met Fil; otherwise, I would have been a bit lonely. When I first thought about doing this tour I thought I would fly in and fly back out of Milford Sound instead of doing the coach. However, I am genuinely glad I did, the stops along the way made the longer trip well worth it.

missandrea81 says:
I might actually get to go there myself soon. Hubby and I want to take a trip. I suggested Australia + New Zealand. It will be one heck of a flight. We only have about 2-3 weeks. What do you think?
Posted on: Jun 30, 2010
Sunflower300 says:
Shirl, It was my travel agent who sugested the bus, I was all set to fly in and fly out. I would love to drive it myself, I think you have the right idea. :)
Thanks for stopping by for a look.

Thanks for all the smiles Annie. :)
Posted on: Dec 03, 2008
shirlan says:
Glad you enjoyed your day. We cringed at the thought of a bus trip in and out, thought about the way you did it and in the end we flew in and out. We got there before the buses so there were only about 12 passengers of our boat. It was great. If we ever decided to do it again we would proberbly drive ourselves and stay overnight.
Posted on: Dec 03, 2008
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The daisies were still sleeping.
The daisies were still sleeping.
The stunning view from my bus wind…
The stunning view from my bus win…
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Flying over the beautiful crystal …
Flying over the beautiful crystal…
I had hardly seen a cloud in NZ an…
I had hardly seen a cloud in NZ a…
I had hardly seen a cloud in NZ an…
I had hardly seen a cloud in NZ a…
Another day up before the sun.
Another day up before the sun.
The daisies were still sleeping.
The daisies were still sleeping.
A typical New Zealand scene, sheep…
A typical New Zealand scene, shee…
The view of Lake Te Anau from the …
The view of Lake Te Anau from the…
Lake Te Anau
Lake Te Anau
Lake Te Anau
Lake Te Anau
The shores of Lake Te Anau
The shores of Lake Te Anau
The shores of Lake Te Anau
The shores of Lake Te Anau
Lake Te Anau
Lake Te Anau
More of the stunning view from my …
More of the stunning view from my…
More of the stunning view from my …
More of the stunning view from my…
More of the stunning view from my …
More of the stunning view from my…
More of the stunning view from my …
More of the stunning view from my…
More of the stunning view from my …
More of the stunning view from my…
More of the stunning view from my …
More of the stunning view from my…
More of the stunning view from my …
More of the stunning view from my…
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes, it looks like I took…
Mirror Lakes, it looks like I too…
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
I love the colour of the cascading…
I love the colour of the cascadin…
The babbling stream where I filled…
The babbling stream where I fille…
The babbling stream where I filled…
The babbling stream where I fille…
Our coach
Our coach
I think they called this snow fall.
I think they called this snow fall.
Driving into a tunnel straight thr…
Driving into a tunnel straight th…
Yet more of the stunning view
Yet more of the stunning view
Yet more of the stunning view
Yet more of the stunning view
The Chasm
The Chasm
The Chasm
The Chasm
Near The Chasm
Near 'The Chasm"
Artwork on the wall prior to boa…
'Artwork' on the wall prior to bo…
Boarding our boat for our cruise o…
Boarding our boat for our cruise …
From my lunch table
From my lunch table
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound, and sunbathing seal…
Milford Sound, and sunbathing sea…
Milford Sound, we got right up und…
Milford Sound, we got right up un…
I havent seen one of these in ages
I haven't seen one of these in ages
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
There was a ship load of people on…
There was a ship load of people o…
My new friend Fil
My new friend Fil
Milford Sound, looking west toward…
Milford Sound, looking west towar…
From the ocean looking in towards …
From the ocean looking in towards…
From the ocean looking in towards …
From the ocean looking in towards…
We have liftoff
We have liftoff
Farewell Milford Sound
Farewell Milford Sound
From the window of our aircraft lo…
From the window of our aircraft l…
Looking north along the coast of t…
Looking north along the coast of …
New Zealand coastline
New Zealand coastline
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Green rolling hills on my scenic f…
Green rolling hills on my scenic …
Looking back towards Queenstown an…
Looking back towards Queenstown a…
The dazzling view on my scenic fli…
The dazzling view on my scenic fl…
The snow capped Alps on my scenic …
The snow capped Alps on my scenic…
The stunning mountains on my sceni…
The stunning mountains on my scen…
More alpine lakes on my scenic fli…
More alpine lakes on my scenic fl…
I couldnt get enough of the mount…
I couldn't get enough of the moun…
The dazzling view on my scenic fli…
The dazzling view on my scenic fl…
Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables …
Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables…
Bird’s eye view of Walter Peak f…
Bird’s eye view of Walter Peak …
I love the contrast of colours.
I love the contrast of colours.
The Shotover River
The Shotover River
Flying into Queenstown airport
Flying into Queenstown airport
Our air transportation, 10 seater …
Our air transportation, 10 seater…
Pretty waterfall
Pretty waterfall
Up close and pesonal
Up close and pesonal
Just breath taking
Just breath taking
Milford Sound airport
Milford Sound airport
Our shadow over the beautiful blue…
Our shadow over the beautiful blu…
Milford Sound
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