Routeburn Track and Milfort sound

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Mirror lake, close to Milfort sounds


Today must be a day always to remember. It will take us a 120Km drive but it must be worth it. During the ride we first stopped to take photographs of the fields with Lupines (is this english ??). They were all in blossem. Great views! We continued and came at a mirrorlake. Why mirror ?? Just look in the water and you know why. The water is so quiet that you can see the mountains in the water very clear. They put a sign just above the water in mirrortext, so if you look in the water you can read "Mirror Lakes". We got in the bus again and drove to the startpoint of the Routeburn Track. This time our driver was allowed to guide us on the track. He loved walking this track every time he was here. We start at the westpoint from the Divide and are going into the direction of Lake Howden Hut.

Snow on the peaks
The Divide is already on a height of 532 Meters. The first part is walking through a silver beech forest and suddenly you will be above the bushline to an alpine wetland. They advised us to keep the track because the area is sometimes like a swamp. You can feel the ground beneath you move. But then you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Darran Mountains and the Hollyford Valley. The next link gives you the brochure of the track.

http://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/southland/routeburn-track-brochure.pdf

But the day I was there a lot of clowds were spoiling the day. But there were moments with an almost clear view. We walked only the first 1,5 hour and had to go back then. If I ever will be there again I like to walked the whole track, but that will take a few days.

So should it look.. Its a picture from a picture.... sorry

At 1 0'clock we are back at the bus and continued our tour. The next stop was at "The Chasm" We did "The Chasm" walk on the Milford Road. This is a 20 minute return walk where foot bridges will lead you over the Cleddau River. View the waterfalls that have sculpted rock over time. Then we got at our most important trip of the day !
Lying at the most northern and accessible end of Fiordland National Park, we reached Milford Sound by road. Its a World Heritage area. Cruising the clear, still waters of the Fiord you’ll encounter magnificent sights such as the Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls. We are going in the direction of the Tasman sea. The view are suppost to be spectacular, but.... it was raining and no blue sky. Terrible. So I took a picture of a picture on the wall in the boat. Only the waterfalls were visible. Too bad, I really have to come back someday! at 5:30 we were back and drove back to Te Anau. This day was spectacular and we had a lot of talking about it sitting at the bar in the late evening. Like I said: A day never to forget!

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Mirror lake, close to Milfort soun…
Mirror lake, close to Milfort sou…
Snow on the peaks
Snow on the peaks
So should it look.. Its a picture …
So should it look.. Its a picture…
Lupines
Lupines
Mirror lake
Mirror lake
Mirror lake
Mirror lake
Start of the routeburn Track.
Start of the routeburn Track.
Too many clouds, but sometimes...
Too many clouds, but sometimes...
This view after waiting for 20 min…
This view after waiting for 20 mi…
Elephant or Lion mountain
Elephant or Lion mountain
Elephant or Lion mountain
Elephant or Lion mountain
Just for 5 minutes no clouds
Just for 5 minutes no clouds
Walking ove a path with a lot of m…
Walking ove a path with a lot of …
Moss on the trees.
Moss on the trees.
The kea again
The kea again
The peaks
The peaks
Femke
Femke
Suzanne
Suzanne
The chasm
The chasm
The chasm
The chasm
The spectacular Milfort sound. Unf…
The spectacular Milfort sound. Un…
Femka and I, temperarely couple. T…
Femka and I, temperarely couple. …
Femke and I.
Femke and I.
Waterfall
Waterfall
Waterfall
Waterfall
Milford Sound
photo by: genetravelling